As I have said in a few other entries on this thing, one of my favourite styles of humour is that of po faced seriousness. No matter how ludicrous a situation, if the players take it as nothing out of the ordinary and just part of their world, that can make almost anything even more hilarious to me. And it is that sort of humour that is well and truly played in today’s film – Mystery Team.
Mystery Team is the first film from beloved Internet Comedy Troupe, Derrick Comedy ( Dominic Dierkes, DC Pierson, and Donald “Troy from Community” Glover) and tells the story of, well, the Mystery Team – a sassy team of child investigators; Jason, the master of disguise (Glover); Duncan, the boy genius (Pierson) and Charlie, the strongest kid in town (Dierkes). As kids, they started a 10cper case investigation business, and now a decade later they are still doing it. But, instead of investigating who stole the milk from outside the 2rd grade classroom, they are roped into a murder mystery. Can they crack the case? You’ll find out if you watch.
Now, I’ve been a fan of Derrick Comedy for several years now (ever since someone linked me to their skit Jerry – warning: poop humour) and getting to see Donald Glover blowing up huge is awesome. And Mystery Team is, without doubt, a purely Derrick outing, as their humour is 100% over this film. Sure, I’ll admit, it does run out of steam a bit in the last 20 minutes, but when it hits – it really hits (the whole strip club scene is gold, as is the hobo scene), and, as I alluded to in the beginning – what really makes it work is the fact that everyone (even the many, many people who insult the guys to their faces) just takes it as rote that the Mystery Team is an actual thing, no nods to the camera, no alerting the audience to the fact that “we are doing things that aren’t normally done”. And the whole film is all the better for it.
What can I say, it’s a funny film.