Only Americans do that to us! For a long time, comedian Will Forte played MacGruber, the “fearless moron” version of “MacGyver” in several sketches on “Saturday Night Live.” Which worked so well that he decided to make a movie with this character and those of his partners Kristin Wiig and Ryan Phillippe, namely his wife, aspiring singer Vicki St. Elmo, and Lieutenant Dixon Piper. Released in 2010, the result was not a great success, but that didn’t stop him from wanting to do it again… This time in the form of a series…
This was unpinned this Thursday, December 16 by the American streaming service Peacock, and we saw the first of its eight episodes. Our verdict? We found it nice, but for that matter, the parody could be taken even further.
When it starts, we are reminded how much of a jerk MacGruber is, since we see him, in prison, messing with much more Malabar than him. Ah yes… Fans know that at the end of the film, he was flying in jail for stabbing a guy – by knocking him off a cliff – during his marriage to Vicki. But, but, but… One fine day, the now General Fasoose (Laurence Fishburne), who is sleeping with Vicki, comes to see him in the shade and offers him his freedom on the condition that he accepts a totally puzzling new mission. He must turn himself in to the terrorists who have kidnapped the President’s daughter (and her dog!), so that she can be freed… Which happens after the bad guys ask him to go completely p…! Villains which he discovers with amazement that they are led by his sworn enemy, the abominable Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth, played by Billy Zane. Since “Titanic”, the latter is accustomed to the roles of bad guy, but at the beginning, it is Mickey Rourke who was to camp Queeth.
Note that Sam Elliott is the other big name who agreed to participate in this delirium, where MacGruber has lost none of his vulgarity and his flowery words… Not to be put in everyone’s ears. What challenged us here is, as we have already mentioned, the fact that we are not totally into buffoonery. It’s super lighthearted, yes, it’s funny most of the time, but there are also realistic, grittier, no-laugh sides here, like the slaying of MacGruber’s Christmas death. Some will ask what is the point of a parody if it takes itself seriously at times… But we prefer that to a complete farce, which, that being said, may be the case in the next episodes. Either way, we’re customers! Will Forte and Kristin are so much fun!