REVIEW: THE OTHER GUYS
Set in New York City, The Other Guys follows Detective Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), a forensic accountant who's more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets, and Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), a tough guy who has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since an unfortunate run-in with Derek Jeter. Allen and Terry idolize the city's top cops, Danson and Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson), but when an opportunity arises for the Other Guys to step up, things don't quite go as planned.
REVIEW: You have to enjoy silly slapstick humor in order to enjoy watching this movie. That pretty much sums it up so the review is over . . . thank you for your time. No, just kidding, a little more can be said about this comedy. It seems that with Will Ferrell, it’s usually a hit or miss kind of situation. Movies like Semi-Pro and Blades of Glory were weak while Anchorman and Elf were excellent. You have some borderline ones with Talladega Nights and Step Brothers for example, but they don’t really leave a lasting impression. So when the news got out about this film, my initial reaction was “oh no, here we go again”. I was really expecting a disappointment but what I found was a much better amount of hard laughs. The LOLs were a plenty in the theater that night and I was impressed. The comedy excelled with its fresh one-liners and a pinch of over the top humor. It was good, crazy, silly fun with a hint of action. It doesn’t hurt at all to have the cast that it has. Names like Samuel Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes and of course Mark Wahlberg make this movie that much more appealing. Seeing Anne Heche in the film was a real shocker, but pleasant. She is looking pretty good. Unfortunately her role was very small. Eva really lights up the big screen and her performance will put a smile on your face. She handled her comedy well. It was good to see Michael Keaton in action again and he did a great job with his role. After all, his roots lie in the comedy field. Mark Wahlberg on the other hand was unsettling. He did a good job, don’t get me wrong, but its just plain odd to see him act this way. He is perfect for a cop role, and his character’s anger management issues fit him perfectly too, but some of his quirky, comical moments were weird and almost uncomfortable. However, teaming him up with Will was a brilliant choice in order to complete the odd couple feel of these two characters.
The storyline for this film is practically irrelevant. It is mostly shadowed by the performances and the comedy. In this case, it doesn’t matter that much. So why should you give this next Ferrell comedy a chance, you ask? Most of his comedies are slapstick or what might be considered today as “stupid” humor. Well in the world of stupid humor you have very funny, quality stupid humor and you have your actually stupid, stupid humor. Some of Ferrell’s movies have some really stupid humor where this one is quality stuff. That made all the difference and makes this movie a little more worthwhile. It also helps that the director from some of Will’s better movies (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers), Adam McKay, also directed this one. And the roll continues.
By Cine Marcos
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