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Ted (The Movie): Reviewing a Masterpiece
Have you met Ted?
Ted is the star of the American comedy movie co-written and directed by the extremely talented Seth Macfarlane (Creator of Family Guy, American Dad and the Cleveland Show). Ted hit the theaters in June of 2012. Seth stars as the as the voice of Ted, a Christmas gift given to the young and lonely boy John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). As a true Christmas miracle, John wishes Ted to life and the two become each others one and only best friends.
Ted and John grow up together just outside of Boston, doing everything together, as best friends should.Ted's parents (Ralph Garman and Alex Borsten) accepted Ted, after getting over the shock of a live teddy bear standing in their kitchen and the word of Ted spread around the world, making Ted a momentary Celebrity.
Years down the line in the present day, Ted and John are still bunking together. They share immature habits such as smoking pot and watching "Flash Gordon". Meanwhile John is pursuing a four year relationship with the beautiful woman, Lori Collins (Mila Kunis). Lori is a headstrong, hard working Office employee. With their fourth anniversary right around the corner, she hopes that John will take a step towards maturity and ask her to marry him. The plot thickens when Ted gets in the way with his vulgar, childish and outrageous behavior. John is stuck in difficult situation. Does he want to be with the girl of his dreams, or will he remain with the one and only best friend he had while growing up?
Amazing Special Effects
Being Seth Macfarlane's first live action film, I'm impressed with the great deal of effort that teddy bead come to life. It truly was "magical" to watch Ted walk around and partake in everyday activities (drinking beers, smoking from bongs and hanging out with prostitutes). I don't want to give too much away too much, so in short, Ted is involved in an epic fight scene that was extremely enjoyable and very well executed as far as visual effects go. All of the actors in the move did a fabulous job of convincing that they were truly standing next to Ted. Its honestly hard to believe that he isn't real.
Some of the storyline is somewhat predictable of what you would expect, yet there are enough twists and turns to keep the viewer interested. Ive noticed several similarities between Ted and Family guy. The one that stands out the most is that Johns relationship with Ted reminds me of Stewie Griffin's relationship with his teddy bear Rupert. I could see Stewie growing up with a real live teddy bear (It just might be a little bit more evil). Of course Seth Macfarlane's style of humor and his voice crossed over from Family Guy and God bless him for that!
My Experience With Seth Macfarline and Ted
Ive spent countless hours laughing uncontrollably at Seth's animation Family guy sense the day it aired. For me, Macfarlane's humor was a huge part of growing up. Regardless of how my day was going, i always knew that Peter, Lois and the gang would be their to put a smile on my face and laughs in the air. Over the years i have also become of follower of Seth's American Dad and the Cleveland show, as they share the same style of comedy.
All of this being said, when i heard that Macfarlane was in the production of a live motion picture, i was more than overwhelmed with anticipation. I watched the trailers over and over again. Upon release i rushed to the theater with my girlfriend immediately. I can proudly say that my built up anticipation was well worth it after seeing Ted. Me and by girlfriend were laughing so hard that we were almost asked to leave the theater. Ted has got to be the greatest comedy movie that I've gone out of my way to see in a long time. It had romance, tear jerking serious moments, mixed in with a little bit of action and best of all Seth Macfarlane's uncontrollable comedic personality as Ted. 5 Stars and two thumbs way up.