Saturday, January 24, 2009

Review: For The Reels...


Jack here with another short but sweet webcomic review! It's been awhile, hasn't it? Don't worry though, I'm not going anywhere soon. Maybe to the insane asylum, but that can wait. Webcomics are more important! Now, where was I...

Oh yes, movie parodies. They've never been a favorite of mine, because they are usually way too obvious(Superman getting shot in the eye and crying like a baby? Please.)or just aren't that funny. Of course, there are always exceptions(an old Saturday Night Live skit where even shaking someones hand made Bruce Banner get angry enough to turn into the Hulk was classic. Obvious, yes, but handled well.)to every rule. The question now being: which category does For The Reels, a movie parody comic by "two badass twins named Jon and Joe from Denver", fit into? Here we go...

The art style for this comic is basically lots of blocky backgrounds, bright colors, and Lego looking character designs. How do they even grab anything with balls for hands? I've seen other comics that resort to the ball-hand manuever, and I've always hated that. It's a minor distraction, but still a distraction. Also, the stiff way the characters are drawn make action movie parodies a bit harder to pull off. Okay, criticisms out of the way. Positives? The art is still fun and pretty darn cute, even when blood is spilling. And the representations of the movies being parodied do look close enough to the real thing to pull off the jokes. Not bad.

A parody has to make you laugh or at least think it was pretty clever to be successful, right? And using the F word constantly doesn't automatically make funny. Ahem...okay, I did find some clever, albeit crude, stuff here. A good example being "Indiana's Jonesin". The whole snake thing was just asking for it. Honestly though, with a few exceptions, I didn't find many of them to be standouts. Kinda middle of the road, and a bit groan inducing. But it's not for lack of effort. I mean, finding a way to parody Schindler's List? Wow. You gotta give em credit.

What can I say about For The Reels? These two guys do try hard, and it shows, but for me, most of the jokes weren't good enough to get a laugh. I didn't find myself hurrying to the next comic, but I would maybe look at the archive and pick out the movies I like to see what they have to say about them. Give it a try, but don't get your hopes up. Now, I wonder what they would have to say about Triumph of the Will...

I give For The Reels...
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3 comments:

n9uxu said...

(Found your site via your post on The Webcomic List, by the way). I have to agree with your review here. I never find myself seeking out For the Reels, but when I land there, I always look for movies I know and see what they have to say. I always find at least one that makes me chuckle, though.

Dave
Slightly Off-Topic

Jack Carter. said...

I knew there was a reason I posted on the List! But yeah, it's not a comic I would bookmark, but I did find The Jack Sparrow joke to be funny.

Joe said...

Thanks a lot for the review, Jack! For The Reels doesn't seem to get that much attention, so it's nice to get some feedback! Semi-positive feedback!

At first, when I saw your rating for FTR, I thought, "6 stars, hmm? 6 stars out of 6?!!" but then I read about your new rating system and discovered we were slightly above average. Slight bummer, but harmless, really.

What exactly was your answer to "which category does For The Reels ... fit into?"

Thanks for the honest critique, I couldn't ask for anything more from a reviewer.