Mascots (2016)

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A look into the world of competitive mascots.

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13 October 2016 | LZMcK
7
| A very fun and entertaining film.
MASCOTS is Directed by Christoper Guest and follows a bunch of different Mascots from around the world who are about to compete in the World Mascot Association Championships where the winners receive "Fluffies". If a mascot wins one of these awards it is possible that it could change their life forever.

This film is structured just like a few of Christopher Guest's other films including A MIGHTY WIND and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. It is filmed as a documentary expect the characters are fictional.

The best part of this film is, by far, the crazy assortment of characters that we follow. From a married couple that is constantly trying to hold back their anger for each other, to a English man who wants to try and add a new routine to his families old mascot routine but keeps getting rejected by his father. These characters are hilarious to watch and follow. When you see them go through their routines in and out of the costumes you can't help but smile and, sometimes, laugh so hard you have to leave the room. The thing that makes this film really stand out is just how seriously the people involved take this competition. It seems like a really stupid thing to have a contest for the best mascot, however everyone involved treats it like a professional Football championship or the Oscars. It is so important to them and because they are pursuing their passions and their dreams you connect with them and desperately want them to do well int the competition.

Where this film needs work is it's third act, it isn't bad however the editing is a bit of a problem. NO SPOILERS but the film gets to what should be considered the climax or the final rising action leading to the climax and beings to pull focus on other moments that aren't as interesting as what is happening in other places. There is also not a lot of interaction between different mascots, which makes sense when they are involved in a competition with one another however it does leave a sense of some missed opportunities for a few more laughs.

Overall MASCOTS is a very effective comedy that has some truly hilarious moments. There are just some parts where the film just misses the opportunities to be really great.

FILM: 4/5 PERSONALLY: 4.3/5

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