2010 will not go down as the year of the comedy. Genuine, sustained (and intentional) laughs have been few and far in-between. Fret not. The saviors have come, in the somewhat unlikely combination of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. I have watched only one scene, where the titular cops argue over who would win in a fight: lions or tuna. And I can tell you it is frickin’ hilarious. Providing goofy backup are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson as a pair of egotistical supercops. By all accounts, “The Other Guys” seems to deliver equal amounts of witty verbal sparring and dumbass physical gags.
I’ve noticed a shocking new trend in youth-obsessed Hollywood. Pension-age action heroes! First there was “The Expendables”, now there’s “RED”. Based on a graphic novel called “Retired, Extremely Dangerous”, it features a bunch of actors who have been around since pre-historic times (a.k.a. the VHS era). Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich are ex-secret agents who’re forced back into active duty. They’re playing it with tongues firmly planted in cheeks, but they’re also here to show all the young whippersnappers how REAL action is done. Besides, any movie where classically-trained English thespian Dame Helen Mirren blows shit up with a 50-calibre machine gun is automatically awesome in my book.
… to be continued
LB: Storyteller by trade and dreamer by nature, Wai has been deeply nuts about the celluloid world since the first time he discovered he could watch a story instead of reading it. But he likes writing about it. Wai goes by a single name because he likes to avoid any “Imperial entanglements” (a.k.a. “conflict of interest with the powers that be” for those of you who don’t speak Star Wars) in his employment. Plus, cool people use one-word names.