Will Ferrell + Sports = Funny
It wasn’t on par with his work with Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) but it did make me laugh.
Honestly, I’m biased. Will Ferrell would have to try pretty damn hard to not make me laugh in a stupid movie like this.
I still think Jon Heder is one of the worst actors in the business but he wasn’t THAT annoying.
I wish Will Arnett were given more lines because anythign he says is funny.
And Jenna Fischer…
Clearly, The Office isn’t doing you justice.
I don’t think I will ever be able to accept Will Ferrell (Harold Crick) as a serious actor
Not that this was a serious movie because it was a comedy.
It’s not because I don’t think he’s a good actor because he is.
But there were stretches during this movie where I thought to myself that this feels like a great Saturday Night Live sketch.
Or maybe SNL is that bad that I’m thinking of ways to make it better during my not watching SNL time?
I feel the same way about Mike Myers.
Anyway, this was a good movie. Not great. Cute even.
I still don’t know how I feel about the end though. I kinda wanted it to end the way it was intended to end* but Kay Eiffel’s (Emma Thompson) reasoning about her book’s ending (and the movie as a whole) was true so what does that say about me as a person?
* This will make sense when you see the movie.
Let me get this out of the way…
No, this was not funnier than Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy. But it may have been a better movie.
Now, here me out. After seeing the outtakes movie, it is clear that all Will Ferrell and Adam McKay do is film a few CORE plot scenes, a bunch of funny scenes and piece it together to make a movie.
I would say 40% of the scenes from the trailer were not in the theatrical version nor the outtakes during the end credits (which means the DVD is going to be another classic and maybe another outtakes movie).
More than Anchorman, Talladega Nights had more of a plot. Everyone in the movie from Will Ferrell down to his two sons, Walker and Texas Ranger, were funny (the only weak link was Leslie Bibb as Ricky’s gold digger wife). There were a lot of quotables.
The only thing that was missing was the pure silliness of Anchorman which was embodied by Steve Carrell’s Brick Tamland. Everytime I watch that movie, I catch something that he was doing in the background that I didn’t notice before.
This was more of a straightforward funny movie. Less throwing a bunch of gum at the ceiling to see what sticks.
It’s hard to follow-up a cult classic like Anchorman, and if this came out first, I wonder how Anchorman would have been received.