Okay, so I'm a little late to the party on this one, but with so much on the World Wide Web vying for your attention - and with the vast spread of 'clickbait' headlines hovering above wasteful nonsense that never delivers and is only there to 'generate hits' - sometimes you can overlook a good thing.
Sometimes you can overlook a great thing - like Kung Fury - a thirty minute short film from David Sandberg and Laser Unicorns Productions that crams in more neo-1980s fun than you can shake the entire decade at. In the words of the filmmakers themselves: "Kung Fury is an over-the-top 80’s action comedy that was crowd funded
through Kickstarter. It features Kung Fury, a Kung Fu renegade cop who
travels back in time to kill his Nemesis, Hitler. The film features
nazis, dinosaurs, vikings and cheesy one-liners."
The full version of the film is freely available to watch on YouTube HERE.
It was sitting on my 'Watch Later' list for a couple of months, and when I finally got around to viewing it I thought to myself "Why on earth have I waited this long to watch this?!" - so in case you're not one of the 19.8 million hits that this fantastically crazy short film has received GO AND WATCH THIS NOW!
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It's ridiculous, it's over-the-top, it's genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious, and what's more, Kung Fury has been crafted with honest-to-goodness skill and passion. This isn't a case of 'so bad its good' or 'so bad that it really is truly awful and is only being viewed to see just how bad it actually is'. This isn't some piss poor 'mock buster' knock-off cobbled together by talentless numpties from a generic script scrawled on the back of an envelope ... no ... Kung Fury is a quality production. The attention to detail is superb, from cheeky 80s tech references to the hazy blur of all those VHS memories of days passed. The effects (of which there are many) don't go for realism (how could you ever make a Triceratops Cop realistic?!), but instead go for style and inventiveness - do you want to see a cop leap his Lamborghini Countach into the air while he stands on top and fires his gun at a killer arcade machine that's running around causing havoc? OF COURSE YOU DO! This is a case of 'so good it's bloody amazing' - a case of not only living up to the high concept premise, but exceeding your expectations.
Complemented by a kick arse soundtrack full of 80s synth sounds (including David Hasselhoff), and a stunning amount of gore-slicked humour, Kung Fury actually earns the term 'must watch'. So if you've still not seen it - SEE IT. NOW!