You know those movies where they show all the best parts of the movie in the trailer? Yeah, this is not that kind of a movie. Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Stepbrothers) team up again with Mark Wahlberg playing the character he plays best; confused and angry. What I like about the movie is that it's quotable, not like Monty Python and the Holy Grail quotable, but it's always fun if the movie follows you out of the theater. Since comedies can't really evoke a deep emotional response (besides laughter) the best way to achieve that is if it's quotable.
Right then, on to the features of this blog.
What I liked: Running gags, quotable, great supporting cast and the story that was both an comedy and an action buddy cop movie combined. Kind of like Hot Fuzz. Actually... It was a lot like Hot Fuzz. Well, the style of humor was different-- It was more stupid funny. It definitely got me to laugh at loud more than Hot Fuzz did.
What I didn't like: Hot Fuzz has been done! Be more original! Also the ending infographic didn't really seem necessary. It was kind of funny in a "we're all royally (*&(**& as a society" kind of way, but it made the whole plot kind of pointless. Yeah you saved the police pension, but you have burdened the American people because of that. Weird. It just seemed like it belonged more in Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story than a comedy. Comedies especially are supposed to be escapism so if you're going through tough times leave when the credits start rolling.
Watch this if you liked: Anchorman, Stepbrothers, Talledega Nights or Old School, or if you like seeing cameos by Major League pitchers who play for the Yankees.
If you didn't like those movies watch Hot Fuzz instead. Different style of humor altogether, but a similar enough premise. It's dry British humor as opposed to hilarious American shenanigans.
The only person in the cast worth singling out is Michael "Batman circa 1989" Keaton. He easily has some of the best lines and stole every scene he was in. He is having a helluva year what with this and Toy Story 3 (as Ken). He is really good in Jackie Brown, a Quentin Tarantino film, and is really fun to watch and should be in more movies.
The Snootie British guy was played by Steve Coogan who has been in Tropic Thunder, Hamlet 2, Hot Fuzz, and The Night at the Museum movies.
If you need help placing where you've seen Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell you must have been living under a rock.
Bonus story time! While falling asleep in class today, (I wanted to go home!) my teacher saved me from unconsciousness by saying it's like that one movie you know the one with John Cusack. I immediately perked up, ready to answer the challenge. She continued, "The one where he's in half of a floor." With that clue in place I immediately said Being John Malcovich. I got 2 extra points that I'm sure it were joke points, but I'm glad I could be of service.
It was a good day.