We're in a time where animation is at another high point (the likes of Inside Out, Zootopia, How To Train Your Dragon have all released within the past few years) and so, along comes the R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party. Yet, perhaps against all odds, it continues the trend and continues to show just why animation is currently prevailing.

The premise behind the film is fairly simple, inspired by Pixar classics like Toy Story and Inside Out: what if food was real and could feel? Frank (Seth Rogen), Barry (Michael Cera) and Carl (Jonah Hill) are sausages in the Shopwell's Grocery Store, where all products are led to believe that a great life of happiness and fulfillment lies beyond the doors, when they are bought, in "the Great Beyond". After he and his girlfriend, Brenda the Bun (Kristen Wiig), are chosen, all is going well until a trolley crash leaves the pair, alongside other food products Sammy (Edward Norton), Lavash (David Krumholtz) and Theresa (Salma Hayek), stranded and on an adventure across the Grocery Store to return their aisles. Meanwhile, in the Great Beyond, Barry and Carl discover just what happens to food and head back to Shopwell's to warn the other products of the true horror that awaits.
Sausage Party is a film stacked with talent. Seth Rogen leads a stellar ensemble that not only features his usual fellow cast mates - the likes of Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride etc. - but also has talent like Edward Norton, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd and Kristen Wiig lending their voices to various different food items and grocery store products too. All the voice acting is great, and every actor fits their corresponding character perfectly, embodying all the stereotypes and odd dialogue this film brings with it. The characters themselves are very well-realised and fleshed out but they also look visually brilliant; the animation in Sausage Party itself is quite remarkable. The animation is visually on a par with the likes of a high quality Pixar film rather than some low-budget animation (which this, in essence, has all the characteristics of) and is quite viusally impressive.

As a comedy, Sausage Party excels on all fronts. This is one of the funniest fims of the year. Rogen has been trying to get this fim made for around a decade and it's evident; this is a project laden with love and passion and each joke delivers big and all the laughs (of which there are many) truly feel earned. The film brings shock humour in abundance, with stereotypes and the like aplenty. However, Rogen doesn't just target other cultures, and is sure to include everyone in the insulting - if you're easily offended, this probably isn't for you. Right from the opening, this film brings the laughs and the large majority hit - with only a couple of jokes actually falling flat. However, it's the finale in which the humour hits home. Without any spoilers, it's a finale that is already pretty over-the-top and outrageous as it is yet  onlycontinues to crank up the volume and just keeps on getting more and more audacious and over-the-top, to the point where it's so funny it will have you in tears.
As funny as this comedy is though, it's also surprisingly quite clever too. The film brings a lot of ingenious puns and metaphors to the table and makes the most of its gimmick of having its characters be food. The central message is quite resonating and profound too, if not too subtle. The film does keep kind of hitting you over the head with the message throughout to where it becomes a little too on the nose and irritating but, for such a simplistic film, it has quite a bit of nuance and intelligence to it. The R-rating does fee very much so appropriate and earned (especially when the aforementioned finale comes to fruition) but the overabundance of swearing begins to grate on yuor nerves, feeling unncessary and thrown in wherever the screenplay could do so. Yet, despite this, it's hard to dislike Sausage Party. It;s utterly hilarious and quite remarkable; setting the bar for animation and for comedies quite high.

VERDICT:
It's hard to believe a film like Sausage Party exists, but it does and it's incredible. This is a rude, crude animation that is not only utterly hilarious but also brilliantly ingenious and surprisingly clever.



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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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