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Blades Of Glory (2007)
Genre: Sport Comedy
Starring: Will Ferrell (Old School; A Night At The Roxbury), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite)
Directed By: Will Speck, Josh Gordon
Overview: When the best singles figure skaters are banned from competing for life, they must put their rivalry behind them and team up to capture their dreams!
A smattering of successful and recognizable faces certainly helped these budding directors smooth things out on the ice. Besides the leading men we have Will Arnett (the blue shirt in the middle) and Craig T. Nelson. Even Rob Corddry and Luke Wilson got throw in for some bit parts, with Luke getting laughs just for being recognized. How nice for him. Consistent over-the-topness equals greatness.
Some touches of the epic, some observations of the evolution of CGI turning ever more seamless, a couple interesting pans... that lands us in the professional-to-be-expected zone. The outfits on the other hand, and the choreography of course, well.. if you go just to see the outfits, you'll be happy.
You put the bone in Zamboni.
Are you an official here? 'Cause you've officially given me a boner.
How'd it go with your lady? Carve up any ice?...With your weiner?
It's effin' hilarious, and not just all the cock jokes, plentiful though they are. What sets the script apart and shoots it up into the realm of 'absolute greatness', aside from the constant wit, retort, and re-retort, is the way it cradles 'cliché' enough to let you enjoy the exaggeration, while still being serious enough to prevent it from becoming a mockery of itself in that overdone SNL way.
This is a Will Ferrell comedy, so you know what to expect in the way of storyline. The characters, caricatures as they are, are three-dimensional with motivations rich in back-story. The tale is more an exploration of the people who will lead us to a predictable end, and the joy that comes from the fresh take on these simple character arc elements. The awkward telephone conversation that leads to the first kiss, the rivalry turned friendship, the double-cross set to right, they're all done in an original fashion that is rich with subplot and character development. Light and fun.
Homoeroticism never had it so good. Blades of Glory plays it up, but without constant fag jokes. Silence speaks volumes as macho and effeminate collide and overcome the taboo of men's pairs figure skating competition, spanning sexuality, and becoming as one for the sake of capturing a dream!
And for once a comedy with a love interest that barely hardly almost skims the surface of Rom Com! Add a final scene that just perfectly takes the figure skating flair to the next level... aw so sweet.
Overall Rating: 88% (Smooth As...Um... I Have No Appropriate Metaphor)
First 2007 film I've seen this year, and I wasn't disappointed, no sir. It's good to know that Jon Heder didn't putter out after Napoleon Dynamite, and he's proven that he can play a different role than the Jamiroquai-dancing geek he nailed his fame with. He's one to watch... and I guess so's Will Ferrel... I suppose when I take an occasional break from serious film study, I should get around to Talladega Nights...