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.