I have never watched Red vs. Blue. Not really, at least. I was at a friend’s house a long time ago and was subjected to it for 2 hours and nearly clawed my body apart. Needless to say, it wasn’t for me.
Flash forward to 2016 and I’m scrolling through the social medias instead of working, like you do, and I see that Rooster Teeth (the production company behind Red vs. Blue) have their very own movie coming out. That day. With aliens and shenanigans and inappropriate behavior for adults. Knowing that my boyfriend absolutely loves all of these things, I immediately bought tickets, because I’m a good girlfriend. That movie was called Lazer Team and it was absolutely worth it.
Lazer Team: The Good
The premise behind Lazer Team is simple: four unsuccessful men stumble upon a crashed space craft and rifle through it, discovering a power suit made for Earth’s champion. Instead of delivering the suit to the military, they all don a piece and haphazardly ban together to be said champion. Their horrible attempts at being a team make for some incredibly awkward and hilarious moments. Taking what is a simple and sometimes overused plot line and turning it into something unique is exactly what Rooster Teeth did here. There are so many movies where the underdogs win, where the losers get the prize in the end, where we all come out the other side loving unlikely heroes, that it becomes exhausting. This movie isn’t like this. It embraces the cliche. It looks the cliche in the eye and gives it the bird. The story is familiar, but the humor isn’t. There were quite a few moments that had me belly laughing, and that’s strictly because of the main characters. Burnie Burns (Church of Red vs Blue) leads the four-man team so well that I feel like he’s been on the big screen for years. Their comedic dynamic is so strong it reminds me of other successful comedy troupes such as Broken Lizard (Super Troopers). I expect that while Lazer Team opened to limited theatrical release, we may be seeing the rise of some new comedy giants.
Lazer Team: The Bad
There’s honestly not too much to complain about when it comes to this film. I went into it thinking that it was going to be a girlfriend service film (something you see because your partner wants to). But I was more than pleasantly surprised. The exact reasons I applauded the film, however, could also be reasons why some critics have panned it. There are times when the film cliches are so glaring that you’re not entirely sure if it’s satirizing them or falling into the trap. I’d like to think that Rooster Teeth knew some of these moments were just that cheesy and decided to go with it, but there are some scenes where I just wasn’t sure. As for the team aspect, that, too, can be seen as a disadvantage. It’s not strange for Hollywood types to always work with the same people, but rarely do all the members of a comedy troupe succeed at the same rate. To compare Broken Lizard again, certain members broke off and got involved in different projects, making the whole group lose momentum and making future group endeavors risky. Say Colton Dunn’s role in Parks and Recreation took off and he had been approached for a few bigger things. Would he still have starred in this film? Maybe. My point is success can be difficult when the ensemble is the best part of the film. As fans, we’ll want that ensemble to continue despite if its the best thing for the group itself.
Overall the film was a blast and I plan on seeing it again (but not until I watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens a few more times). Check out the trailer below and make sure to see Lazer Team if it is showing at a theater near you.
Lazer Team: Official Trailer #1
I give the film 3.5\5 UFOs.