Friday, November 24, 2023

Film Friday: "Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain," is a Silly and Whimsical Romp

I am a fan of, "Saturday Night Live," and have been enjoying the, "Please Don't Destroy," shorts by Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy.  They made a full-length movie which had premiered on Peacock titled, "Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain." It is a story of three friends who go to seek out a mythological treasure and if that sounds familiar it is kinda the plot of, "Without a Paddle," but setup aside it is a different movie. For one thing (spoiler) the treasure is found before the movie is even halfway through and a lot of the hilarious mayhem revolves around how the treasure makes everyone behave in their desire to be rich beyond their wildest dreams. Plus, there are a lot of funny random, "Bits," that occur which feel a little like a mini-skit within the bigger movie. Whether it is a cult obsessed with purple, a running gag about a drunk alter-ego named, "Lawrence," or how one character has a tendency to accidentally expose themselves to others, there are many silly gags. The whole flick's vibe is very chill and reminiscent of a long episode of, "Workaholics," which was an observation others have had as well.

The movie goes by pretty quickly and as soon as a joke feels like it might start to drag a new one pops up to give viewers at least a chuckle and sometimes a hearty guffaw. You can tell how, "Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain," was a labor of love for these three guys and I quite enjoyed its absurd humor. If you have Peacock I would highly encourage you to check it out!

5 out of 5 stars.

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