Just as a heads up, this is a review of the Seth McFarlane film, not my good friend and ex-writer, Ted. Just so you know…
Ted, the story of a Teddy Bear coming to life so it can be the friend to a boy who had none. The boy grew into Mark Wahlberg, was dating Mila Junis and was living with her and the bear, voiced by Seth McFarlane. With voice performances from Patrick Stewart, and acting from Giovanni Ribisi and Sam Jones.
The film, a comedy, is one hell of a film. I feared, after watching some of the later episodes of Family Guy, that Seth McFarlane was losing his comedy touch, but after watching this, I know that just can’t be the case. There are some pretty great scenes, including two fight ones, one involving Wahlberg and Ted, and the other between Sam Jones and a man called “Ming”. If you don’t know why that’s funny, you haven’t seen Flash Gordon, and must proceed to do so as a matter of urgency. You don’t have to like it. You just have to watch it.
So, was it funny. Yes. It was. The scenes involving Ted’s boss at the grocery store he works at had me laughing, as did the aforementioned fight scenes and one scene in which Giovanni Ribisi danced to I Think We’re Alone Now. Dunno why that made me laugh, it just did.
One particular laugh, was as a result of, I think, the best line of the film, spoken by the Narrator, Patrick Stewart. Here it is, in its entirety…:
“Now if there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that nothing is more powerful than a young boy’s wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns AND missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine.”
As for the acting, well… It wasn’t perfect, but find a film which does have perfect acting. It was good. I’ll say that. It was a film, which had believable characters who acted in a reasonably true to life way, with the exception of the antagonists, but then again, when has ANY antagonist been true to life?
So, what would I score it? Good plot, good characters, and good acting.