Published May 20, 2010On Saturday Night Live, MacGruber, a throwback to'80s television series MacGyver, is played up every now and then as a skit where a hapless dope (portrayed happily by Will Forte) has to diffuse some bomb in some dire scenario at the last second. Of course, he never succeeds and is constantly blowing himself and his colleagues up, but he still comes back kicking even harder the next time around. Now that MacGruber is hitting the silver screen, he goes very big and I see no reason why he should have to go home again to that tiny little set.
Under the direction of Saturday Night Live regular director Jorma Taccone, MacGruber is a film that's serious in its convictions of the complete buffoonery of its title character, but not at all serious about anything else. There's nothing believable about a failed explosives expert who hasn't progressed in the least since the '80s, but by taking his joke of a life seriously, MacGruber becomes real. More importantly, MacGruber is really funny.
Forte is unflinching as the titular character and that can't be easy to do when you have to strut like a chicken with a piece of celery sticking out of your butt. Honestly, doesn't that one sentence alone make you want to run out and see this? What if I told you Val Kilmer plays MacGruber's arch nemesis, Dieter Von Cunth? It's completely asinine, yes, but that's what makes it funny.
How long has it been since we last saw a Saturday Night Live-inspired film that was actually watchable, let alone funny? Just like the character, MacGruber has shown up at the last possible second to save the SNL movies from oblivion. And this time, he manages to make it out before the bomb destroys everything in sight. (Alliance)