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Blades of Glory

Blades of Glory

What he said:

He

I could have sworn I had already reviewed this one? Well I guess the one good thing about being under the weather is that you have the opportunity to revisit your movie collection. He said, She said headquarters has been hit by a little bug recently, so we loaded up on our movie viewing last weekend.

Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) is rock star on ice. Think of every trait that comes to mind when you think of professional figure skating; he’s the exact opposite of that. He’s the bad boy of men’s figure skating and the fans love every ounce of his brash behavior.

Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) is the polar opposite of Chazz. He’s graceful, well-behaved, and is disgusted by Chazz’s style.

Their vast differences in style create both a fantastic rivalry and a huge fan following for each of them. But when an unfortunate incident forces them both out of singles competition, an innovative coach (Craig T. Nelson) sees this as an opportunity to combine two vastly different styles into the perfect – yet unconventional – powerhouse duo.

Blades of Glory

Things don’t go easy for Chazz and Jimmy. Besides not being the best of buds, they face harsh criticism from many within the figure skating community; rivals Stranz and Fairchild particularly. Stranz and Fairchild (Amy Poehler & Will Arnett) will stop at nothing to put an end to this experiment, which they see as an abomination. Lying, cheating, and even using their sister as a means to drive Chazz and Jimmy apart, these two will do whatever it takes to eliminate the competition.

I know a decent amount of people who cannot stand Will Ferrell. I don’t get, I think the guy is hilarious. He does the whole man-child thing perfectly. And it’s not that he’s any different in this movie than some of this other more well-known ones, but the twist of making him a figure skater and a sex symbol to boot is fantastic.

Jon Heder is also very valuable to the film. Sure, you got Ferrell and his chauvinistic pig of a character, but without Heder’s character to be disgusting by him, it may not have worked. This is the odd couple on ice.

This movie is loaded with one-liners and memorable moments. They just keep coming one after another. Just when you catch your breath, out comes another one.  

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on June 14, 2011.

What she said:

She

It’s no joke, I really have a soft spot for Will Ferrell, which is kind of odd because usually I’m sort of turned off by super goofy humor. But there’s something about that doe-eyed, curly haired man….I dunno. Anyway, Blades of Glory is honestly not my favorite movie of his, but I still like it. I’d rank it sort of in the middle, definitely above A Night at the Roxbury, but not quite up there with Anchorman or even Step Brothers.

Blades of Glory

Ferrell plays Chazz Michael Michaels, a rock lovin’, lady pleasing male figure skater. His main competition is this completely innocent seed of America, Jimmy MacElroy, played by Jon Heder. MacElroy and Michaels get in an unfortunate incident at the World Championships, where they’re stripped of their gold medals (yes, they BOTH won gold) and are forever banned from men’s skating. With their lives falling apart, both must overcome their hated toward eachother and work together to have another stab at gold. And since they’re banned, the only way to get that gold medal is by competing in pairs…with eachother…two men…doing lifts. You get it, and there will be lots of jokes about the absurdity of it all. MacElroy and Michaels must also beat out the Waldenberg brother and sister combo, played by Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. Jenna Fischer plays their somewhat unimportant sister, Katie.

The comedy in this movie is for the most part fresh. It’s the standard that you’d expect from Will Ferrell, filled with lots of good one-liners. Arnett and Poehler play great villains. They’re just so terrible. The film has some pretty classic moments, including one particularly memorable chase scene on skates involving Ferrell and Arnett. As an aside, it’s amazing to see just how much Amy Poehler aged in only 4 years. Yeeouuchh.

This is a super fun movie to watch with your friends. If you want to upgrade, there are better Will Ferrell offerings out there, but this should hit the spot just fine.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.