Monday, January 14, 2008
Being the big Will Ferrell fan that I am, I try to watch all of his movies, even if they don't appear too great in previews (ahem, Melinda and Melinda). Tonight, I rewatched Blades of Glory, and it made me think how good his movies are. I know when movies are well made when I can watch them multiple times, entertained each time, still laughing like when I saw it. Jim Carrey has the same effect on me. Adam Sandler can be hit or miss, but he does a pretty good job.
The movie got me thinking though... Will Ferrell has been making a lot of movies, and some of my friends say they get nervous that he's going to lose his hilarious spark, kind of fade out because he makes so many movies and he can only use his physical comedy for so long. I don't know if I agree. Do you think he's still got that "it" that makes him funny? How long do you think he can go and still remain so popular and consistently funny?
If you look at the list below, he's been making pretty good films for ten years, not counting the time he put into SNL during the 90s. He dominated SNL when he was there. He's also played versatile roles, mixing it up from more serious roles (Stranger than Fiction) to musical roles (The Producers) to his wacky roles (Night at the Roxbury, Blades of Glory, etc). He has been choosing to do a lot of sports movies, perhaps because of his goofy build and body and because he uses physical comedy for a lot of laughs, but do you think it's too much? I'm a big fan, but I just wonder if others don't buy into it as much.
Of all the movies he has made, which one is your favorite? Everyone has one.
Or, which do you dislike or think he could have passed up on or could have done better with?
Or, who's your favorite character? Is it classic like Mugatu or Steve Butabi? Ricky Bobby? Ron Burgundy? Sky Corrigan? Or more recent like Chazz Michael Michaels or Harold Crick?
Blades of Glory (2007)
Stranger than Fiction (2006)
Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Curious George (2006)
The Producers (2005)
Winter Passing (2005)
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Kicking and Screaming (2005)
The Wendell Baker Story (2005)
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Starsky and Hutch (2004)
Old School (2003)
Boat Trip (2002)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
The Ladies Man (2000)
Drowning Mona (2000)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
The Suburbans (1999)
A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
The Thin Pink Line (1998)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)