Sunday, February 22, 2009
Being a Will Ferrell fan, it's hard for me to dislike his work. I recently watched a new movie of his, Step Brothers, starring his good friend John C. Reilly, and for the most part, I enjoyed it. I thought it was very funny.
I was surprised to see that 55% of people who viewed it did not like the movie. I know it was a little bizarre, but it definitely had its funny points. The writing was hilarious. Sometimes the jokes were a little gross or out there, but I think that overall it was hilarious.
A lot of Will Ferrell movies have been borderline lately. I think Will Ferrell is in a tough position because he has done so many incredible movies, so it's hard to live up to the hype of his humor. And, he likes to play the same kinds of roles and play on his physical humor. He's done a lot of sports movies (Kicking and Screaming, Talladega Nights, Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory). He also uses his physical humor in a lot of his other movies (Anchorman, Austin Powers, Superstar, Wedding Crashers, Old School, Zoolander, and now Step Brothers).
He's very talented; he just has a lot to live up to. That said, I thought that Step Brothers wasn't bad at all. He co-wrote the screenplay with his friend Adam McKay who directed the movie. They must work on his comedy website, because the two of them produced The Landlord, an online video that was extremely popular and hilarious. If you haven't seen it, you should watch it.
What I love about Will Ferrell movies is that you are always in for some guest appearances (as with Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler movies). They're so connected with Hollywood that they can get just about anyone to show up in their films. In Step Brothers, you see a couple cameos from Seth Rogen and Horatio Sanz, and others starring in the film do a great job.
I thought the premise of the movie was a funny idea: Two 40-year-old men who are enabled by their single parents, never get jobs, and still live in their homes as bums, basically teenagers in spirit and mind. It's so funny and so accurate how much these two portray two young adolescents who become friends quickly and have sleepovers. It's hilarious. In terms of messages, I liked that they enforced to stay true to yourself and to always keep that spirit alive--don't lose too much of yourself in that grown-up world. Have some responsibility and don't depend on others too much, but still be yourself.
Anyway, I think it's worth watching. I guess I'm in the minority for liking it, but I'm a loyal Ferrell fan. Even if his movies are mediocre, he still puts on an amazing performance. Even if he's trying to be serious, he makes me laugh. Very few people have that quality. That is why I believe he is a gem. He has a lot up against him, but he can't lose that quality of being hilarious.
And watching Will Ferrell try to sing and entertain is just incredible. Even when he sings a slow song dramatically, at the end of the film, it will just win you over. Very funny.
So what did you think of Step Brothers?