Well, so I finally got around to seeing MacGruber. Was it worth it? Yes and no.
Before I was able to see MacGruber in person, the film had the luxury of taking an upper decker at the box office, so apparently not a lot of people were as excited to see it as I was. Sure, I was mildly amused by the Saturday Night Live sketches, mostly because I used to watch MacGuyver when I was a kid. Yeah, there was only one joke, but it was one of the funnier repeat sketches the new SNL has done.
So I was blown away when I watched the trailers for the film and saw that they had turned this crappy little skit into a real, live action movie. Not only that, but a movie that seemed to spoof 80's and 90's action fare. And the jokes in the red band MacGruber trailer were outrageous.
From that point, I was sold... you can imagine my dismay when I saw that the film totally tanked its opening weekend, despite some favorable reviews. Then, imagine my further dismay when I went to see the movie and most of the funny lines were from that red band trailer.
Still, I found myself laughing uncontrollably at certain parts, namely when MacGruber pleads for his spot back on the case to stop his arch-nemesis Cunth. For obvious reasons, I can't simply repeat those lines here, but it's safe to say I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Also of special mention is the scene where MacGruber gives a new meaning to necrophilia. Sure, it may be banal, juvenile humor, but you've gotta run with it every once in a while. From the toilet humor to the bad soundtrack to the over the top sight gags, MacGruber is actually a lot of fun, if you can allow yourself to enjoy it.
We seem to be at a point in action cinema where nothing is really viscerally exciting anymore. As an audience, it seems we've become jaded to a point where the old explosions and one-liners just don't sell like they used to, and everything has to be bigger and more ridiculous. I don't know whether this has to do with an abuse of CGI or an overabundance of political correctness, but it seems like action cinema has escalated to the point where overkill is expected.
And that's where MacGruber really delivers, in pointing out the excess of modern action fare. MacGruber seems to understand that it's completely ridiculous that it's not enough to throw the bad guy off the cliff, but that you have to shoot him as he falls, then grenade his corpse and finish it all off with a victory pee. It's so ridiculous, so egregious that it really is hilarious... and it just makes the ending of Bad Boys 2 all the more hilarious.
Don't get me wrong, MacGruber totally crosses the line on several occasions... but that's why I liked it.