Finally, TED has arrived in Singapore. I have been anticipating this film for ages. Courtesy of omy.sg, Cynthia and I had a real good laugh watching TED in a preview screening session. What’s there not to love about Ted the teddy bear who talks bad, takes drug, and gets drunk? It’s hilarious.
Think on it, this film could have gone wrong in so many different ways. Two grownups and a talking teddy bear living in our modern day society? Miraculously, this film pulls through as something ‘believable’. Thirty years ago, a boy made a wish for a teddy bear as a Christmas present. That wish came true. Later on, he made another wish that the bear would be able to talk. Lo and behold, because magic could exist, we have a living and breathing teddy bear becoming the little boy’s new best friend. The teddy bear has become headline news. Alas, like all things in life, novelty wears off. Thirty years later, no one cares for a talking teddy bear. Life moves on.
The story then begins with the little boy John now grown up (Mark Wahlberg) and so is Ted. John has fallen in love with Lori (Mila Kunis). But will a man who still hangs out with his teddy bear be able to truly love another person? Well, that is where the drama begins.
TED is a joy to watch, all credit to two ingredients. First, the teddy bear on the big screen does look realistic and appears to interact with the actors well. Remember Star Wars I when Jedi Liam Neeson couldn’t see eye-to-eye with Jar Jar Binks? Ted the teddy bear seems very much alive in the movie. Second, the script coming out from Ted’s mouth is hilarious. At some parts of the film, the scriptwriter has established a pattern so well that the audience would laugh even before the line is out.
Fun stuff aside, TED is a heartwarming film. There are some tearing moments. Above all, the chemistry between Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis is convincing.
TED is about changes in life that upset the status quo. It is a story of growing up and learning to live with someone new. On a separate note, watching TED reminds me of a novel written by Clifford Chase called Winkie. In that book, the story begins with Winkie the teddy bear arrested for terrorism because he happens to be at the wrong place in the wrong time. That book too is hilarious, more so in a dark comedy’s way. I think I may pick up Winkie when I have the bandwidth to do some reading.