Family Guy: Blue Harvest – movie review
Family Guy: Blue Harvest
Directed by: Dominic Polcino
Staring: Seth MacFarlane
Produced by: Twentieth Century Fox
I remember being stationed in Virginia and being bored as hell on my ship and decided to blind buy a couple movies. I came across Blue Harvest at the store and bought it instantly, being as I’m a fan of the show, and I’m always looking for a good spoof.
My first impression of Blue Harvest was that it was going to be your typical Seth MacFarlane raunch laden laugh fest for stoners, but Blue Harvest turned out to be much more than that. Even if you’re not a fan of Family Guy, there is a lot to appreciate when it comes to this film. Many of the scenes are shot-for-shot reproductions of A New Hope, including intact pieces of dialogue. They pay a ridiculous amount of attention to detail, from the sets, to vehicles, and adhere closely to the overall style of Lucas’ film. They were even able to slip in a few explosion scenes from A New Hope into Blue Harvest to bring everything full circle.
Every character from Family Guy, from the main cast, down to the supporting characters are all recast in some way in Blue Harvest. Each character was used effectively with the exception of Meg, who is hilariously recast as the garbage monster in the Death Star trash compactor, which will become a running gag throughout the Family Guy/Star Wars trilogy. Chris (Seth Green) played the part of Luke well, but Herbert as Obi Wan stole every scene they shared together. Peter and Lois as Han and Leia were an obvious choice, while Bruce as Greedo was probably the most inspired casting decision in the entire ensemble, and led to one of the funniest scenes in the entire movie.
Much of the raunchiness that has made what Family Guy is to day is toned down quite a bit, not completely mind you, this is Seth MacFarlane after all, but even though it’s still there, it still pays all due respect to it’s source material as well as simultaneously maintaining it’s own feel as well. This is a movie made as a spoof, but from people that are genuine fans. It pulls off a semi sophisticated satire that’s on par with Spaceballs, and should definitely be a welcome addition to any Star Wars fan’s collection.
Overall Score: 4.5/5