Film Review – The Other Guys
Will Ferrel is one of those guys who is either hit or miss with me. I absolutely love Anchorman and think the last time SNL was funny was when he was on the cast list. Talladega Nights is one of my go-to quote-films, as I often threaten to “come at someone like a spidermonkey.” But then again, did any of you see Land of the Lost? That was just a cinematic bowel movement. Even worse is the fact that it also had Danny McBride and the cute girl from Pushing Daisies so I was much more disappointed than I expected.
With The Other Guys, Ferrel seems to get his footing back and I think alot of it has to do with the fact that he plays way against his established type here. I mean, let’s not kid ourselves, he still plays a baffoon, but he’s not the overly confident baffoon he plays in films like Anchorman or Talladega Nights where he lords his false sense of superiority over everyone. He is not an alpha male at all. He’s subdued and odd but he’s not a complete imbecile. Playing the straight man to Mark Wahlberg, who essentially plays his character from The Departed with a bit of uneducated regression, we get a different film than we would have gotten if Ferrel has basically played Ron Burgandy with a badge.
The film works not because of the narrative, which is the case with most cop comedies. Did anyone watch Naked Gun for the story? No, it was for the chuckles. The Other Guys brings some heavy laughs and 98% of it comes from the actors in the film going at it straight faced and with no sense of irony. Duane Johnson and Sam Jackson put in some hilarious moments as the absent minded supercops of the NYPD who rack up millions in dollars worth of property damage chasing perps down over an ounce of marijuana. Rob Riggle and one of the other Wayans brothers play great ball-busting asshole cops and Michael Keaton is downright hilarious as the “angry police captain” character who’s just a few degrees off the accepted stereotype. Seriously, he delivers some of the best gags in the film and it saddens me that we don’t get to see him get much work nowadays. I need to watch Beetlejuice again.
Long story short, if you’re looking for a funny flick to pass the time (and it’ll pass some time, it’s only serious fault is that it’s just a wee bit too long) you really should give this a shot. You’ve seen Inception like 80 times already, it’s time to see something else. I’m serious now.