REVIEW: South Park: Post-Covid (2021)
First entry in the currently planned deal of 14 movies made for television exclusively for the Paramount+ streaming service
It’s the future. The kids have grown up. And Kenny, once again, is dead. It turns out that he became a reputable scientist but died searching for Covid-19’s cure. Conspiracy theories point out to a possible hit job that aimed to prevent it. Some of the kids have move out of South Park but now must get back together to solve the murder of his long-time friend. Military personnel have come down to quarantine the town due to fears of the new "Delta Plus Rewards Program" variant spreading nationwide.
According to intelligence reports, only one member of the community hasn’t been vaccinated against Covid, so everyone is forbidden to leave, essentially restricting their freedom of movement. The military is not allowed to reveal the identity of the unvaccinated person, which begs the following reasoning: "If you tell us who the unvaccinated person is we can have her vaccinated and then this will all be over". "We can’t tell you who it is because in case you forgot, it’s the future and we don’t single out or ridicule anyone for their personal beliefs". And yet another person comes to the front: "I hate the future".
The movie is dull and humourless. It’s been clearly 'toned-down' to probably 'adapt' to the new 'moral' standards of the powers that be. These kids have lost most of their charm. They still swear and occasionally subvert expectations but they’re immersed in a dragged plot that was better fit for a regular 20 min episode. The open-ending suggest me that instead of stand-alone movies, the goal might be to develop a larger narrative throughout all (or part of) them. If this first entry is any indication, I’m not looking forward to what’s about to come.
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