What do you think? Are you ready for a sequel?
What do you think? Are you ready for a sequel?
I really like this case: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross and several others in lesser roles. I felt it had Ferrell’s touch in some of the dialogue and David Cross’s personality came through. But in neither case did they over do it.
The animation was great end-to-end and the voice acting was right on. But I think the thing they did best in this movie was tell a fairly modern tale without just becoming adult and/or crude.
Too many animated movies these days try to appeal to everyone, in my opinion. Shrek is probably the worst – Pinocchio wearing a thong. Lame.
“The Incredibles” did it well and first by making a humorous, but ultimately an action movie that’s animated. It wasn’t talking animals or save-the-planet, enviro-friendly propaganda – it was a great action movie… that’s animated.
I think Megamind continued that, but also threw in some nice modern story-telling twists of the bad guy becomes the good guy (oops, spoiler!) unwillingly or at least unknowingly.
Through a nice step-by-step self-awareness and purpose-finding journey, he discovers that it’s not “being bad” that he loves, it’s the challenge, the competition, being pushed to exceed his own accomplishments over and over.
This is an accepted stance for the heroes – without villains, who needs heroes? But most of the time it’s assumed that without heroes, villains would be content. Not Megamind – it’s the thrill of the chase that he loves.
It’s not the funniest movie and I wouldn’t say I was completely engaged in the plot, but they didn’t drop the ball anywhere and it had some nice twists that other studios haven’t played with as much (e.g., the “Shrek” unlikely hero twist).
I give it 4 Babbles
Special thanks to guest Babbler Bear Cahill for this review:
I’m a huge Will Ferrell fan and it was a given I’d see this movie. I like Mark Wahlberg a good bit too, but I wouldn’t have put two together. However, they play off of each other very well. My guess is you’ll like this movie about the same amount as other Will Ferrell vehicles you’ve seen. “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” might be my favorite comedy of all time. I’d say “The Other Guys” is somewhere between “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Anchorman.”
While I focus on Ferrell for the comedy, timing, delivery and expression, a good bit of credit needs to go to Adam McKay (who has a cameo as Dirty Mike) and Chris Henchy. Adam’s past work with Ferrell, particularly with movies, is recognized in “The Other Guys.” Both writers’ experience with “Funny or Die” and similar works, is pretty well solidified in the movie though more mainstream than “Drunk History.”
The reality of “The Other Guys” is a bit more grounded than in some of the other films. It has an actual story with a clearly defined plot. It’s a narrative with clear plot points and characters. It certainly could stand on its own.
Ironically, that might be the flaw with this movie. Not that it has a good story line, but that it stands on its own. There are a lot of scenes in the movie that are solely for comedy which takes you out of the story. And since the plot is a real thing here, you have to get back into it a bit. Also, later in the movie, when they actually have to wrap things up, they focus on it more.
Now, I’m nit picking a bit – it’s not a problem for the viewer or anything, but it’s kinda like watching a TV show w/ commercials… really funny commercials.
All in all, it’s a good “Ferrell” comedy in “Ferrell” style. Mark Walhberg holds his own and Eva Mendes and Michael Keaton do well also.
NOTE: Stick around thru the credits for some interesting financial facts on the recent economic bail outs. Also, an extra scene at the very end.
On Monday, Bear will be reviewing Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
‘Will Ferrell with a gun’, that was the concept jokingly pitched at the San Diego Comic Con about The Other Guys. Sounds like the simple pitch worked on audiences this weekend. The buddy cop movie pairing Ferrell with Mark Walburg easily topped the box office ($35M) this weekend knocking off ’the other guys’ with ease. Even the comedic giant Steve Carrell could not compete with his opening of Dinner with the Schmucks with a measly $10 million. Needing to bounce back from the disastrous Land of the Lost, Ferrell was well supported with positive reviews from critics and strong word of mouth. Christopher Nolan’s Inception continues its box office success and will probably round out the summer at $250 million making it one of the more profitable movies of the season. This weekend will be a real battle between testosterone filled Expendables, Estrogen laced Eat,Pray,Love, and quirky Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
|This Wk||Title||Dist.||Weekend Gross||Cumulative
|1||The Other Guys||Sony Pictures Entertainment||$35,600,000||$35,600,000||1|
|2||Inception||Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution||$18,600,000||$227,732,000||4|
|3||Step Up 3D||Walt Disney Studios Distribution||$15,500,000||$15,500,000||1|
|4||Salt||Sony Pictures Releasing||$11,100,000||$91,980,000||4|
|5||Dinner for Schmucks||Paramount Pictures||$10,500,000||$46,746,000||2|