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MEGA PYTHON VS. GATOROID (2011)

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MEGA PYTHON VS. GATOROID (2011)

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The Buzz:

     M.P.v.G. is a continuation of The Asylum's proud tradition of making movies about larger-than-average animals that include the word “Mega” in the title and happen to star 1980's pop-singers. This time, the war between an army of giant snakes and a swamp full of 'roided-up alligators provides a hilarious CGI backdrop to the escalating tensions between 1980s musical rivals Tiffany (Mega Piranha) and Debbie Gibson (Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus). The film culminates in a titanic, senselessly-destructive struggle between two ferocious beasts from a bygone era. Oh, and some big reptiles fight each other, too.

 

 

Life of the Party (Positives):

     Fans of SyFy channel and The Asylum, both purveyors of silly scripts, dubious acting, and conspicuous CGI, know exactly what to expect from this movie. The majority of the entertainment value is derived from the cheese factor of the melodramatic dialogue and the spectacle of dead-eyed CGI reptiles wreaking havoc in ridiculous ways (including one moment where a snake does to a blimp what the shark did to a plane in a previous Asylum offering). SyFy and The Asylum have developed their own unique style of B-picture, and M.P.v.G. is their tongue-in-cheek-iest, camera-wink-ingest offering yet.

 

 

     In addition to the usual charms of such movies, the interaction between the two pop-star leads provides an extra layer of enjoyment. Gibson and Tiffany's characters, an eco-terrorist and a park ranger, respectively, actually have somewhat believable motivations for their conflict, but they still get to ludicrously chew the scenery in several over-the-top scenes, including the greatest catfight ever put to video. This scene and many others provide some cake to go with the movie's cheese, and although Gibson is almost alarmingly thin in this movie, Tiffany spends a large portion of the story in low-cut tops that reveal her substantial, um... acting talent. It's notable that both actresses were featured in Playboy in the early 2000s, as well.

 

Potential Hangovers (Negatives):

     This is a “so-bad-it's-good” movie - how much you enjoy it simply depends on your taste for such things. Although the movie is right around that 90-minute sweet spot for parties, it does seem to drag a bit at the end. The beginning and middle of the story move along with good pacing, but the final segment, a complicated scheme involving chemical pheromones, a plane crash, a nuclear plant, some messing around in caves, escaping in a helicopter, etc. really makes the ending drag. Once the monsters finally arrive in the city and start wrecking things in hilarious ways, you might be disappointed to find there's still 20 minutes left; it's kindof like a joke that the comedian keeps telling after the punchline.

 

The Vibe:

     Mega Python vs. Gatoroid is ideal for a gathering of any size, and can be talked over, or watched with rapt attention, and enjoyed either way. There are plenty of funny special effects to enjoy, or the dialogue can be analyzed for references to both actress' back catalog of '80s hits, of which there is at least one and probably more hidden throughout.

 

+ Another 21st-century B-movie in the classic SyFy/Asylum style

+ Two has-been musicians compete to see who can dress like a bigger tramp and chew more scenery

+ You get to see a giant snake swallow a train (and bonus points if you get the meta-referential humor!)

- Last 20 minutes drag substantially, providing a slow, underwhelming ending

- Characters have understandable motivations, but they still aren't truly likeable or heroic

Oh, and here's the Japanese poster, because the Japanese poster is always cooler:

 


 

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