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Bill Mimbu
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Posted: December 15 2018 at 8:46pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Oh Dear...   Megamind and Wreck-it Ralph take on Arthur Conan Doyle...
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If I never see a Will Farrell movie, I'll not be too disappointed. I don't think I find him nearly as funny as he does, so he can have his string of hits, and I'll stick to whom I like.
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Will Ferrell seems only to have two characters. One is George Bush and the other isn’t.
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I've enjoyed the two previous pairings of Ferrell and Reilly, and I'm not adverse to a Sherlock Holmes comedy (especially when it seems to be parodying the Robert Downey Jr. film versions), but my main issue is writer/director Etan Cohen... he wrote and directed Will Ferrell in GET HARD, a movie I couldn't even finish.

The trailers have fallen flat with me, and my gut tells me this will be a big holiday dud.




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Posted: December 16 2018 at 11:29am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I tend to agree with Shaun. This SHOULD be really funny but the trailers are
scaring me.


John if you want to see a slightly different side of Will, try stranger than
fiction.
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Posted: December 16 2018 at 11:57am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

...stranger than fiction...

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Saw it. Hoped it was a sign of Ferrell branching out. Apparently not.

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I really liked WITHOUT A CLUE, which had great comedic turns from Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley.  They were able to find the right tone for someone like me who loves the original books and the Basil Rathbone films.

I;m not as optimistic about this one, and I really like Will Ferrell and JOhn C. Reilly.  I’m worried this can’t help but be mocking rather than a clever take.



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Posted: December 16 2018 at 6:29pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

The only Will Ferrell-led movie that I've liked is THE OTHER GUYS. I just don't get his appeal.
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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. 

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.


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And I am entirely over and done with gag takes on Conan Doyle at this point. 

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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.

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Jack Black’s teenage girl in JUMANJI is nothing like his other roles. 
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Posted: December 17 2018 at 2:48am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I'll bet it's not.

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