'Family Guy Presents: Something Dark Side'
(Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, et al / DVD / NR / (2009) 2010 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: A long time ago, in a Cineplex not too far away, one of the greatest movies was unleashed upon the universe. It’s a dark time for the rebellion but the future has never been brighter for “Family Guy” and Star Wars fans when “Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side” arrives exclusively on DVD and Blu ray!
DVD: I love "Family Guy" and really enjoyed "Blue Harvest." "Something... Dark Side" is another solid, well done spoof of a classic film. However, the writers missed a lot of comic opportunities. The jokes are either quite clever or pretty lame. I got the feeling that "Robot Chicken" used a lot of the best bits in their SW: Episode 2 parody.
The good news is "Dark Side" looks fantastic. Particularly the Hoth battle & asteroid field sequence. Unfortunately, as with "Blue Harvest" the editors let the special effects & John Williams music do much of the work and too much of the dialogue is a word for word copy of the "Empire" script.
Simply put, this comic parody needed more jokes! As for the characters: Peter Griffin is pretty annoying the whole film as Han Solo. Lois doesn't have much to do as Princess Leia. Seth Green is excellent as Chris aka Luke Skywalker. Stewie is hysterical in everything. Can't wait until the "Jedi" parody when they include Vader & The Emperor in more scenes.
Best bits: The Cookie Snow Monster, Dack taking on the entire Empire himself, Wildest Police Chase through the Asteroid field, Stewie & the Emperor on "Richard Marx," the Meg Cave monster, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Han tortured by a Paula Cole song, the Stewie/Chris duel, "C'mon, join the darkside dude." the Storm Troopers misfire "Have we ever hit anything with these?" "Tom Selleck!" and some more I can't remember.
I get the feeling "Jedi" aka "We've Got A Bad Feeling" should be even better. Since that movie was the weakest of the original trilogy and had the Ewoks, which are a comic goldmine. Seth and co. should just limit their reliance on special effects and put the comedy first. We don't need to see a shot for shot re-enacment of the asteroid field chase. Everyone's seen the original a thousand times.
Copying the effects & music that closely just makes you wish you were watching the actual "Empire Strikes Back" instead. [MP] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette – “The Dark Side of Poster Art”