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Lured by false promises, the internet reviewers find themselves summoned to suburban Illinois to embark upon a quest for a powerful gauntlet. They have to LARP in order to have a chance of finding it, which is where the second word in the title comes from, and they're split into two groups, so it doesn't grow stale. But is it entirely safe? And who is the mysterious sunglassed, leather-coat-wearing black guy who keeps appearing ? If you are not already a fan of the people involved, this is not for you, simple as that. It devotes no time to explaining who they are, and this is not produced to show off talents, but to have fun. And both they and us do. Since the trailer gives away who they choose to portray, I will do the same: Spoony is Gandalf(and the Gatecleaner, his take on Nightmare, the VHS-driven boardgame, and acts as the RPG nerd), NC is Link(from Zelda), Joe is Inigo Montoya(you killed his *insert incorrect family member here*, prepare to die!), Linkara is King Arthur, Nostalgia Chick is Arwen(Elvish princess of LOTR), Benzaie is Conan, Sage is Aslan(from Narnia), Phelous is The Rock Biter(Neverending Story), MarzGurl is Princess Mononoke, FilmBrain and Luke Mochrie are Harry Potter(the two are rivals for Doug's favor), CS is Indiana Jones, Obscurus Lupa is a fairie tale princess(probably Disney's Snow White), 8-Bit Mickey is Peter Pan, and the second size-joke of the duo has Handsome Tom as Willow(literally a small role, he doesn't want to act that much... on that, the performances vary greatly), Paw is Jeremy Irons in Dungeons and Dragons, Todd is Dread Pirate Roberts(Princess Bride) and JewWario is David Bowie from Labyrinth. This uses all of them some, no one is "forgotten", and it plays to their strengths. A lot is gained from the interpersonal dynamics of these characters and the roles they take on. Finally, the team get into arcs! There is nice use of Mati of Captain Planet, whom none of the others like, and it builds up to its well-earned epic climax. The battles are awesome, and get increasingly grand in scope. Choreography, execution and FX are very well-done. This treats the theme of science vs. magic, and both are treated with respect(whilst they also have fun with it... similar to Charmed), and this has some of both, rational explanations and superstition. Backstory and plot are interesting, thought out well, surprising and add up well. This is paced well, the roughly two hours fly by. It has very different kinds of comedy in it, with clever, silly, wordplay, parody and pop culture references. There is some disturbing, violent and/or sexual content in this. I recommend this to every fan of the TGWTG crew, and no one else. 8/10
Having read a collection of reviews for this movie, I have come to the
conclusion that those who gave such low marks are trying to mark this
as standalone material. While yes it can be seen this way, they are
never really made with the intention of that (especially when they are
uploaded in parts on the TGWTG website).
So from the view point of that of a fan, this is a throughly entertaining movie, and even then you are reintroduced to the characters.
I can only say to those who mark this low; "What do you expect? It's a movie for their fans..."
For me, the one thing that plagued the last film TGWTG did
("Kickassia") was that after the second part, it just went no where.
"Suburban Knights" on the other hand actually progressed into a film
that had an interesting beginning, an enjoyable middle, and a
There are quite a few jokes taken from other movies (and some added upon in ways that sort of ruin them) but mostly it brings its own bag of laughter throughout. Of course it's nothing spectacular as this is clearly a low budget movie, but it's a watchable film.
The acting is fair, the special effects are low budget but acceptable, and I hope they improve upon this one and do an even better anniversary film next year.
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It is fair to say that the reviewers of TGWTG are above average when it
comes to cinematic knowledge...nostalgia and what makes a good movie
overall. Most of them have provided us with their own Top 10 Movies and
give clear reasons for each title. But for a group of people who make a
living off of reviewing movies and explaining what needs improving, it
surprises me how little of this advice they use on their own work,
practice what you preach. It would also be fair to jump to the
conclusion that the team just make movies for the comedy and not
exactly for the art of film-making as a whole, however this should not
be used as defence...although movies are a business, I would not
believe for a second that at least a few of the movies these guys have
criticised in their reviews were also made for the sake of comedy or
fun and not the art of cinema.
The first act shows hope...we get to see all of our familiar friends in comical fantasy outfits...a couple come as a pleasant surprise but each character comes with a joke...and note that I said 'a' joke...not plural. Over the course of the whole movie we have to endure the same character-specific jokes, perhaps told in a slightly different way. It does not help that many of the reviewers are not experienced actors and thus makes the movie slightly cringe-worthy to watch at times.
Storywise I suppose that it has some originality to it, and the villain has good dialogue, a decent performance, martial arts skills and a surprising lack of screen time which makes us want to see more of him given that he is our most interesting character...but sadly this all falls flat when the actual character goes against everything he is fighting for, just for the sake of a joke in the movie (he is passionate about his hatred of technology yet it is revealed that he uses an i-phone).
Now you probably think that I hated this...but I actually enjoyed it, and looked forward to seeing each part the next again day upon release. It is just that as a whole it is not something i would have wanted to sit down and watch the full version of, because of its simple-paced plot and forced repetitive jokes. It really did just seem like a movie which was more concerned about seeing everybody from the website on screen together (including other cameos) more than it was focusing on making a watchable movie. Very average camera-work, bad sound quality and cheap effects...but all this aside, actually check it out! Its fun to watch if you are a fan but from a production side of cinema it is very poor.
This is the second of the Nostalgia Critic Anniversary specials that I
have sat down and watched. Is this as good as To Boldly Flee? No. It
isn't, but then again this is funny on it's own merits.
The plot is that The Nostalgia Critic tricks every reviewer on ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, believing they have won cars. Instead he asks them to join him on a quest to find an ancient glove that is presumably magic. But they soon realise that magic is real and they have to overcome obstacles.
Now, I think I might have to elaborate on why this isn't as good as To Boldly Flee. First of all the final fight is so drawn out that it quickly becomes boring. Oh and Doug Walker isn't that great when it comes to directing action either. I am not kidding, the fight lasts for around 10 minutes. The only other complaint in my eyes is introducing the villain's back-story too late in the piece.
Onto what I liked, the visual effects are actually pretty good for a bunch of internet critics directing a movie. They are better than in To Boldly Flee. But then again this doesn't have any CGI Science Fiction animation so you could say in this the visual effects were needed less.
The humour in this can also get a little flat at a few jokes. I mean, don't get me wrong, some jokes were hilarious. Stuff like Obscurus Lupa teaching The Nostalgia Critic to be lady-like is hilarious, as is The Nostlagia Critic getting Ma-Ti to find books about goat porn because he lies to Ma-Ti and says that another critic has a fetish for goats. I'd say that some of the jokes here were even funnier than in To Boldly Flee but in that one I laughed at most of the jokes, here. Some of them fall flat.
So is this worth watching? If you want a little introduction to the To Boldly Flee plot then yes. Because as you may have read in one of my previous reviews for that, it just dives into the plot which is linked to the ending of this film. On it's own merits however it is funny and if you like a perfect amount of hilarious jokes while also seeing grown children in silly costumes larping for 2 hours then this movie is for you.
This is the second of the anniversary specials I've seen and easily the
best. Its 2 hours long and I seriously can't find a single dull moment
or joke that went without laughter.
The plot (although you know this barely counts in one of these things) is that the Nostalgia Critic assembles all the reviewers on his site and goes on a quest to find Malakai's gauntlet. To get in character, they dress up like quest-related fantasy characters. The Cinema Snob is Indiana Jones, the Nostalgia Chick is Arwen, Linkara is King Arthur, Phelous is the Rock Biter from the Neverending Story, The Nostalgia Critic is Zelda etc. (If I go through them all, you'll be reading this for hours).
Now, this thing has very little to make this happen but in the final fight, I did actually find myself engaged in it. Even with Spoony dressed as Gandalf, I did actually find myself engaged. I know this sounds absolutely insane but it DID happen.
Now the acting...again, its nothing special. This is like the Jay And Silent Bob movies, no one expects it so the audience just goes along with it. The directing is pretty average as well, again, this is not a downpoint, its an expectation.
Now overall this is easily one of the funniest films I've ever seen. The best parts are...when the Critic is taught how to properly wear the Zelda costume (and be...ladylike with it by Mars Girl and the Nostalgia Chick), or when Ma-Ti is told to find a problem with a character named "Mickey" (by the Nostalgia Critic, who is faking it so Ma-Ti can't come on their quest) to find out why his erectile dysfunction has to make him attracted to goats...If you aren't laughing at that, you are not the audience for this film. If you are, I recommend this to high heaven.
You know what's hilarious about Doug's anniversary flicks? Everything!
The fact that the production quality and acting ends up surpassing some
of the high budget films he reviews.
I also find it funny that the same reviewers that accuse Doug for not being in the right mindset to review kids films also pick on his work that they're clearly not in the right mindset to see either.
I think the film is a wonderful accomplishment. You see these (That Guy With The Glasses) characters make fun of other people's work weekly, and once a year they come together to make fun of themselves. It just doesn't get any better than that.
When professional actors (such as Bruce Campbell) attempt self-parody, it looks silly and even sad. You can tell that they have exhausted themselves and are doing it almost out of desperation. When TGWTG team does it, you can tell they're having as much fun as the target audience.
This isn't for everyone. You won't find it funny if you don't usually watch content from TGWTG. In fact, unless you know a lot of the in jokes from all of the reviewers, it won't be nearly as enjoyable. Basically, if you don't watch tgwtg.com material really often, it won't be enjoyable. It got silly gags. Obviously. Were people expecting anything else? I wasn't expecting a rom-com. I was expecting a funny silly comedy. The people behind this were catering to their audience, which for the most part is 18 or younger movie fanatics. And people claiming that they don't know how to make a movie considering they bash on movies for a living is ridiculous. For one thing, they've never claimed they CAN make a movie. I pretty sure only a few of the reviewers on this site went into any sort of film study in school. And I couldn't tell you who that is, or how long they were studying. Plus, I have a feeling the script was somewhat of a group effort. I bet everyone put their two cents in, not just the credited script writers. Another thing, it doesn't have a big budget. So no, there aren't top of the line effects and award winning acting. IT's cheesy. Yes. It's basically just friends goofing off. And if you're a big fan of these reviewers like me, you'll enjoy it.
Well, I'm not even entirely sure what I expected, but this was not it. Considering the fact that all these reviewers pretty much had a huge 'elements of a bad movie' list in the back of their minds and they totally blew it (by cinema standards), I was a little disappointed. I do like the references they make, though they do kinda over do it at times. This is definitely more of a cult following movie, and realistically, I wanted to like it. But somehow, it dragged on. I was disappointed, and that sums it up well. I guess if you like internet reviewers/gamers (and I certainly do) you can get into this, and there's no problem with it either. But for me, this is kinda a letdown.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The TGTW...TWGTG...Team Whatever guys seem to have enjoyed their little
Kickassia stint and have come up with yet another...film? Internet
movie? LARP video? I have no idea how to call this, except maybe a
In Suburban Knights, Doug Walker reveals his love for playing dress-up as he and his minions embark on a quest to find a magical item (hint: it's the Powerglove, duh). The quest sadly requires the main cast to put ridiculous costumes on and go prancing around suburban back-yards and woods pretending to be a bunch of fantasy heroes. From then on comes a deluge of terrible acting, terrible jokes and terrible gimmicks of the same breed as those that plagued Kickassia.
It comes as no surprise that Suburban Knights quickly begins to look like a clown car stuffed with TGTW's contributors regardless of their actual usefulness (or acting talent). Then again, what did I expect? They're reviewers, they're supposed to review stuff, not star in their own "movies" or whatever that thing's supposed to be.
There is also nothing more depressing than seeing Benett "The Sage" "acting" out his part with the same skill as a rotting vegetable, all while he's wearing an ugly brown thing that looks like a Lion King costume got dynamite stuffed into it.
What lurks in the cellar must stay in the cellar.
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