Friday, May 29, 2015

Kung Fury, Love Letter to the 80's

Kung Fury is a 2014 crowd funded film by David Sandberg and it hit YouTube yesterday. To get an idea of what to expect from this film; imagine Manborg meets Hobo with a Shotgun set to a buddy-cop narrative, kinda... Then add a David Hasselhoff music video. Well the video is actually a thing and features the lead song "True Survivor." Both of these played extremely well during yesterdays screening and are hardly a commitment clocking a total time of 35 minutes.

I loved this film's portrayal of a neon pink 1980's that never was, but I think the pacing holds the film back from being a long lasting hit. The beginning hits so hard and is utterly relentless and then we get some back story... If you haven't turned the film off by that point you are already on board with the humor/high action narrative, but once we start getting some back story the film seems to slows to a crawl. I really feel that restructuring of the story would have made this awesome short hit a lot harder with a slow build to an amazing climax, not the other way around. In the end Kung Fury is consistently funny and perfectly absurd.

- Lord Battle

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