THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS Blu-ray Review
Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets from an old TV show wind up dead, Phil suspects something is afoot and rejoins the LAPD as a consultant. Reunited with Connie Edwards, his former human partner, the bickering duo soon find themselves in a race against time to protect other former cast members before the killer strikes again.
Directed By: Brian Henson
Written By: Todd Berger and Dee Austin Robertson
Starring: Melissa McCarthy (Detective Connie Edwards), Elizabeth Banks (Jenny), Maya Rudolph (Bubbles), Leslie David Baker (Lt. Banning), Joel Mchale (Agent Campbell), Cynthy Wu (Brittenie Marlowe), Michael McDonald (Ronovan Scargle), Mitch Silpa (Tommy), Hemky Madera (Tito), Dorien Davies (Sandra), Bill Barretta (Phil Phillips), and more.
Genre: Action, Comedy, & Crime
Runtime: Approx. 1 hour 32 minutes
- English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
- Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
- Resolution: 1080p
- Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
- Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
- Subtitles: English SDH & Spanish
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Virtual Environments
- Avatar Demo
- VFX Breakdown
- Feature Commentary with Director Brian Henson and Bill Barretta
I give The Happytime Murders Blu-ray a B+.
The Happytime Murders takes place in Los Angeles where Puppets and Humans live in harmony together. Well, not quite in Harmony. It seems as if the Puppets are discriminated against, but they do co-exist. When a slew of murders start targeting the actors of The Happytime TV show, Detective Connie Edwards and Phil Phillips must stop the culprit before anyone else gets hurt.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. I’m not much for comedies but this film had me rolling on the floor. It is definitely The Muppets for adults.
There are many things I liked about this film. I liked that 50s detective vibe with Phil Phillips. It set the mood for the entire film. You got that Phil was alone and investigated alone. But at that time you didn’t know why. Melissa McCarthy (who played Detective Connie Edwards) was hilarious. She fit right in with the boys ( and puppets). She even has a puppet liver. I liked how it was filmed in Los Angeles. With every scene that passed, I was trying to figure out where it was. Last but not least, It was hilarious. The one scene where Phil had sexual relations with Sandra had me rolling on the floor. You have to see it, to know why. I couldn’t stop laughing and I think I woke everyone up on my block because I was laughing so hard. The conversations between Phil and Connie had me on the floor as well. They were great partners. Unfortunately, the tragedy in their past pulled them apart but the current case kind of forced them back together.
I think what made this film work was how it twisted something that we grew up with as kids and made it a version for adults. It just worked. The film kept your attention because it is so unique. Who wouldn’t like Muppets acting naughty?
Catch The Happytime Murders out on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital December 4th!