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Tuesday, 3rd July, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 18:06:57


Last week I snuck along to the latest Will Ferrell flick: Blades of Glory. Will seems to be having a great time playing the series of ridiculous roles he has had over the last few years. The characters he has played have all been absolutely plump with material to make fun of: News Anchor, Nascar Driver and now Figure Skater. If you loved Anchorman and Talladega Nights then this movie will rock your world. It is my favourite of the three. Although this may have some bias as I have always found the concept of figure skating to be very humorous.

The opening few scenes of the movie are somewhat instant classics, both involving Jon Heder's character. One as a small child at an orphanage skating unbelievably well to Con Te Partiro (Link to Song on YouTube), and the second is as he is competing in a peacock outfit, releasing a dove at the end of the performance. Both scenes basically tap you on the shoulder and say “This film is gonna have funny costumes and lots and lots of cheese”. And it delivers. The costumes frequently bring more then a smile, and the cheese factor is so extremely high at times resulting in me almost choking on my tongue from laughter.

While the movie really does have quite a simple concept, I did not find it getting very tried as it progressed. The movie is not overly long, and as there are a few different elements to the plot, you don’t find yourself looking at your watch for the time.

The only real criticism I have for the movie is that at times the crudeness level got a bit high. And this is somewhat expected with an American movie of this type, and I must say that it was a lot better in that regard than many other films of its genre that have come before it. But when you see a few moments like that in a row and you ponder to yourself “I wonder what a British or Australian writer would have put there” it does take you out of it.

However, all in all, I do recommend the movie, and especially to those who find the concept of figure skating to be somewhat ridiculous and have a hearty taste for spoof material. Overall I would rate it a solid 3/5. Certainly more enjoyable then Pirates 3.

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