Sunday, June 27, 2010

Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (DVD) Review

We all knew this was inevitable. With the success of Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest, it was only a matter of time before the next Star Wars film was spoofed, and here it is. Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side is their take on Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, the darkest and most popular film of the Star Wars saga. So how does it hold up? Why not too shabby at all.

Filled with the usual off-the-wall jokes and politically incorrect humour, Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side sees Luke (Chris), Han (Peter), and Leia (Louis) leading the Rebel Alliance in their desperate struggle against Darth Vader (Stewie) and the evil Galactic Empire. But of course, as the opening scrolling text mentions, you already know that story, but you haven't seen it Family Guy-style!

Like my last review, I don't want to spoil any of the jokes for you as they're the reason you're going to watch this, but I will say that I'm once again impressed by the dedication the production team put in to capturing the look, the feel, and the camera angles used in the original film. It's a very strong parody, and the more familiar you are with the source material the more you'll enjoy it. I personally found that they went a little overboard with the gay jokes, and a certain swear word is used a little too often to the point where it feels out of place, but otherwise I enjoyed the sequel more than their previous offering. Weighing in at 54 minutes, you certainly get your viewings worth for a TV parody of this nature.

The DVD also feature the usual commentary and documentaries that you'll only watch once if at all, so suffice it to say the bonus materials aren't exactly a strong point. There's a doc that compares the animatics to the final scenes and another that goes into the creation of the show's really cool poster, but otherwise there's nothing noteworthy.

Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side is certainly good for some great laughs, and any Star Wars fan will love and appreciate the detail that went into this episode, but I don't feel the DVD release is worth buying at full retail price (I borrowed this copy from the Staff). As a rental, however, or just catching it on TV I'd highly recommend it, and I'm looking forward to seeing what gags will be waiting for us in the trilogy's conclusion.

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