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CINEMA

HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS (2023)

MPAA: NR.
Release Date: TBD [TBD]
Genre: Action. Adventure. Comedy.

Studio: SRH.

[Seen at Nightmares Film Festival 2023]

"In this 19th century, supernatural winter epic, a drunken applejack salesman must go from zero to hero and become North America's greatest fur trapper by defeating hundreds of beavers." 

OUR MOVIE REVIEW:

Hundreds of Beavers embraces the mystique of Looney Tunes and absurdist comedy to orchestrate a cartoonish live action adventure packed with laugh-out-loud comedy. This movie brought back fond childhood memories reminiscent of Weird Al’s UHF, with its arsenal of nonstop rapid fire jokes. 

At first glance, it would be easy to mistake Hundreds of Beavers as a silly, by the numbers comedy, but all of its bits are clever and painstakingly thought out. They’re delivered with impeccable timing, resulting in a perfect storm of humor that not even a dam assembled by hundreds of beavers could withstand. 

The film’s comedy style is unique with its mostly silent characters, relying heavily on visual reactions, emotions and physical comedy. All of these elements blend perfectly resulting in impeccably timed comedy hijinks. The story advances akin to a video game adventure as you follow our protagonist Jean Kayak (Ryland Brickson Cole Tews) on his journey of survival, hunting, gathering and romance. 

Jean comes up with creative strategies to hunt various animals to barter for prized items at the local trade post. The ‘animals’, which include but are not limited to hundreds of beavers, are all ‘human sized’ animals. The costume design is evocative of a local Furry Flea market, making for a hilarious battle royale between man vs. man-sized plush animals. 

This movie is packed with wall-to-wall laughs, features a likable cast of larger than life characters and wildlife, and witty comedy thinly veiled under the guise of a cartoonishly absurd premise. Hundreds of Beavers is a farce to be reckoned with and an instant slapstick comedy classic. 

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