I like the succinct take JB has on Ferrell. Nothing he's ever done has struck me as funny. As much as I enjoy the Lego Movie, I don't revisit it because I know there's that large dead zone at the end of the movie with Ferrell.
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Ferrell's "Land of the Lost" was apparently a pet project of his that he tried to get made for years. Why he fought to put it on the screen when so little of the original wound up being used is a mystery to me. Was he really just about the art direction of the kid's show and nothing else? There are visuals that are uncannily recreated, but everything else is standard-issue, dumb-as-a-post wa-wa-wacky comedy garbage.
Giving up on the idea of Will and Holly as Rick Marshall's kids and instead making them classless twenty-something morons was a blunder, and everything that decision represented seems to have shaped the direction the film took from that point. Just a mind-boggling thumb-in-the-eye to anyone who approached the film with any knowledge of the original.*
Will Ferrell, like Jack Black, is another of those wafer-thin, one-note performers whose fans seem to erupt with geysers of praise anytime they vary one quarter inch out of their lane. I just had someone try to tell me Jack Black's character in "The Holiday" was an amazing departure from form for the actor. It wasn't. He did dial down the hate and malice that usually sloshes from him at every moment a camera turns his way, but that's not the same thing as delivering a different performance. It's more a lazy take on everything he did before, only now with valium.
Will Ferrell's "sad clown" attempts like "Everything Must Go" and "Stranger Than Fiction" are simply his usual self but sad. That's not a new performance. It's just that moment in the SNL cheerleader's sketch when he realizes the girl cheerleader played by Cheri Oteri isn't going to sleep with him, but holding the note for an hour and a half. Just more of the same delivered at a slower, deadened pace.
* Mind you, now that we've all seen him play a dad in The Lego Movie, being a parent isn't within his range, either.
Edited by Brian Hague on December 17 2018 at 1:06am