In a way, the incredibly long title of this film immediately signals what kind of experience you are about to have. But before the opening credits begin, we are treated to something completely different. In a spoof of concession stand ads, a group of surly snacks screams instructions to the audience through a heavy metal song. They alert you to turn off your phone, don’t talk, don’t explain the plot to anyone, or else they will hurt in incredibly imaginative ways.
From these opening moments, the ordinary movie going experience is torn apart. This is not your “average” film in any sense of the word. It defies all the conventions of Hollywood while still managing to be as entertaining as a studio product. “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres” could quite possibly lure you into a brave world of cinema not seen on the screen in many years, if you are able to get past its absolutely ridiculous elements, that is.
Based on the popular late-night cartoon, the movie centers on a trio of anthropomorphic fast food products: Frylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad. Also central to the plot(?) is their trashy neighbor Carl, who unwittingly becomes a key to a scheme of world domination when his new exercise machine, the Insanoflex, comes to life and threatens to overthrow the balance of the universe.
While the combo meal tries to help Carl escape the machine, the Plutonians try to get a straight answer out of the Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future as to who exactly is meant to create the Insanoflex in years to come. Other aliens, including the Atari-style animated Mooninites and a piece of watermelon named Walter, also try to get a piece of the action. And let’s not forget the infamous Dr. Weird, who might be behind the whole plot, might also be the father of the Aqua Teens, and has definitely ripped his own brain out of his head one too many times.
If you’re still with me and this is intriguing you, then the movie is definitely for you. If you’re a fan of the television show, then, again, it’s definitely for you. Compared to the source material, the situations are even more outlandish, the plot twists even more random, the characters even more arbitrary, and the ending even more inconclusive.
If you’re still with me and you’re wondering why I’m wasting time and space writing about such a ludicrous movie, let me explain. I will admit that the appeal of it is going to be very limited. However, it is part of a tradition of art that is often misunderstood and ridiculed. It’s hard to pinpoint its exact heritage, but it’s possibly absurdist, surrealist, maybe even Dadaist. At its heart is an attempt to make sense of a seemingly random universe by satirizing it in an equally random way. Nothing is predictable, nothing is sacred, and everything is subject to change.
Writer/directors Matt Maiellero and Dave Willis have crafted their own personal New Jersey where literally anything can happen and does. It’s a world that puzzles and mystifies, yet also manages to strike some kind of chord, even we’ve never heard it before. It’s a world where meat talks (hilariously), chickens catch fire, and literally everything explodes upon impact.