The past few films of Will Ferrell (Step Brother, Land of the Lost, Semi-Pro) have received some harsh reviews. The consensus is that the former “Anchorman” no longer has the funny bone that can appeal to casual Will Ferrell fans.
But The Other Guys recently came out and the past reviews no longer matter. It’s not the best film of Ferrell but it’s not a bad movie and it proves he’s still a funny guy.
Will Ferrell plays a cop partnered with Mark Wahlberg and they are just in the shadow of two super cops played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson. The plot alone will make your head spin and it’s actually pretty funny considering you have these hardcore action guys (especially Wahlberg) in one scene with a really funny man.
What makes this movie work is that Will Ferrell returns to his old funny form of “non-sequitor comedy.” The delivery of the punch line is amazing as you wonder why you laugh even though you know it will happen.
Maybe it’s a special talent of Will Ferrell. On the other hand, Mark Wahlberg eases up to the role as he is just a guy constantly angry at the world. This means he doesn’t have to do much out of his familiar character
except for a few sarcastic lines.
Complementing Will Ferrell are Steve Coogan and Michael Keaton. Steve Coogan is naturally funny but Michael Keaton takes the cake for the funny supporting actor. The unseen back story of Michael Keaton who plays the superintendent should never be missed.
Overall, The Other Guys should be entertaining for many people. It’s not Talladega Nights or Anchorman but it’s still a good movie to enjoy.