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MONKEYBONE (2001)

Friday, 02 August 2013 21:25

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The Buzz:

     Stu Miley, played by the always-likeable Brendan Fraser, is a kind-hearted artist and creator of Monkeybone, a mischievous cartoon primate who could have provided the inspiration for the "John Chimpo" character in Super Troopers. When a car accident puts Stu into a coma, he falls into the Land of Sleep, a surreal carnival dimension populated by dreams, mythical beasts, and other figments of the imagination, including Monkeybone himself. Stu and his creation have to work together to escape Limbo and return to the land of the living... but things get kinda complicated.

 

The visual style can best be described as:

"PeeWee's Playhouse if it were a level in Psychonauts, directed by Terry Gilliam"

Life of the Party (Positives):

      Monkeybone is billed as a fantasy-comedy, and the first half of that equation is presented very well. After some brief setup, Stu and the audience get catapulted into the Land of Sleep, which is strongly reminiscent of all the Netherworld scenes in Beetlejuice. Comparisons to Tim Burton projects are natural here, as director Henry Selick was also in charge of both Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, both produced by Burton and both classics of stylized stop-motion. As you might expect, the various characters of the subconscious are depicted with a combination of stop-motion, makeup, and puppetry, all seamlessly blended together with the ordinary human characters. The variety and overall quality of effects on display is very impressive, and the general atmosphere is colorful and flashy, yet subtly menacing and ominous, as the ethereal waiting room to the afterlife would be.

     This first section also plays around with some very deep ideas, delving into the psychological history of the main character, the relationship between dreams and artistic expression, and what really goes on in a person's head when they're in a coma. The story was based on a graphic novel called Dark Town, which told the story of how an artist's imagination was the only thing keeping him alive during his coma. That story ended on a cliffhanger before the protagonist escaped his dream world, which might have been a better ending for this movie...

 

Potential Hangovers (Negatives):

     Monkeybone has a fairly weak plot structure, which seems awkwardly thrown together in an attempt to conclude the premise of the book in a “feel-good” manner. All the most interesting parts of the film, in which Stu is in his coma and has adventures in exotic netherworld locations, take place in the first hour or so. The final act takes place here in the real world, where the only things to hold your interest are body-swapping shenanigans, some lackluster chase scenes, and one of those really unnecessary musical numbers that aughties comedy films all had to have for some reason. Though there is plenty of competent physical comedy, and it is kinda neat to watch Chris Kattan play Brendan Fraser while Brendan Fraser plays John Turturro playing a monkey, you find yourself wishing the big climax could take place in the awesome magical world we saw earlier, rather than with clumsy slap-fighting on a runaway parade balloon (yeah, that happens). The climax seems cheap and tedious because it tried to be funny instead of dramatic - if the movie had stuck to its dark fantasy adventure roots, it would have been much better served.

     If the presentation of the fantasy aspects is its biggest strength, Monkeybone's greatest weakness is the comedy element, as for the most part, the movie simply isn't very funny. The movie's problem is the same as in Who Framed Roger Rabbit - cartoon characters, with their incessant mischief, hijinks, and rapid-fire dialogue, are not actually very funny when put into real-life situations, they're mostly just frustrating and annoying. The character of Monkeybone is like that one A.D.D. kid in school who never shut up and had to be the center of attention ALL THE TIME - it's a perfect depiction of a living cartoon, but his presence is usually grating to the audience instead of entertaining. John Turturro does a fine job voicing him, but he doesn’t get any good lines to deliver, just a lot of cliche slapsticky patter and mildly raunchy gags. The end result is that the comedy segments, while providing the occasional chuckle, are mostly just tedious.

     On the bright side, we do get Rose McGowan in a supporting role as a sexy catgirl, so the movie has that going for it, I guess. Pictures of her character are by far the most popular Google image search regarding this movie, if that tells you anything.

Because I'm a complete hack, I was going to make a "pussy" joke here,

but then I remembered that the movie already makes one. HINT HINT.

The Vibe – Casual Gathering, House Party:

     Monkeybone is generally considered to be a pretty bad movie, and was admittedly a huge box office bomb. It falls into the odd position of being a great movie in concept, with quite a lot to offer as a quirky fantasy adventure film, but it was simply let down by lame writing. Whether it's worth your time depends on personal taste, but if you're a total whore for creative practical effects like me, you'll appreciate the artistry of this movie, much like with Chasing the Kidney Stone. On the other hand, if you'd just like to add a generous dose of trippy visuals to your next social gathering, put this movie on with low volume and subtitles and just enjoy a surrealist cocktail-party atmosphere - by the time the uninteresting third act rolls around, you'll all be tipsy and talking over it, anyway.

 

+ A dark, cerebral fantasy adventure (unfortunately wrapped in a bland comedy)

+ Stellar visual effects for a bewildering array of monsters and mythic locations

+/- Rose McGowan catgirl (though that probably happened at some point in Charmed, too, so it's not that special)

- Meandering script falls apart in the last act, which drags through one dull gag after another

- The titular character is a frustrating deuteragonist, but doesn't even have the decency to be funny in the process

 

Drinking Game Suggestions:

~ Take a drink whenever someone says the word "monkey"

~ Take a drink whenever someone or something farts

~ Whenever a character drinks, drink an equivalent amount

~ COMATOSE MODE: Whenever anyone travels between the coma world and real world, take a shot for each individual doing the traveling

 

 

Alex "Philosophic_Al" Lane is a contributor for Tanked Matinee, and this makes his second article for the site regarding a movie with the word "monkey" in the title. Look for new video reviews from him starting next month.

 

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