Saturday, June 27, 2020

Blades of Glory

Movie Name: Blades of Glory
Year of Release: 2007
Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer, Craig T. Nelson, Romany Malco, Nick Swardson, Scott Hamilton, William Fichtner, Rob Corddry, Luke Wilson, Andy Richter, Tom Virtue
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6 

Synopsis and Review:
Directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck made their feature directorial debut with "Blades of Glory", following a few celebrated shorts, one of which put them as nominees at the Academy Awards. The film follows the story of arch-rivals and ice-skaters, Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy. Following their disastrous behavior at a World competition, they're both barred from ever competing again. Chazz, with his issues with alcohol and other addictions, recoils to working on kids show on the ice, whereas Jimmy, abandoned by his father, ends up working in retail. One of Jimmy's fans/stalkers uncovers a loophole in the rules of competition, one which allows Jimmy to come back as long as he has a partner. His former coach, suggests Chazz, since finding a female skater in time for the competition wouldn't be possible. As they qualify for the competition as the first ever all male duo, they clash with the award winning sibling duo of Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg. They'll stop at nothing to win and stay ahead of the game.
"Blades of Glory" was a successful follow up for the ever prolific Will Ferrell, who in 2006 alone premiered Zach Helms's "Stranger than Fiction" and Adam McKay's "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby". The film is a deliriously over the top look at ice skating, a satire that both celebrates the sport, while also poking fun at the glitz and even the kitsch aspect that sometimes populates it. It's a film that lives from the sheer talent and comedic timing from the incredibly talented group of actors that the directors have assembled, with Will Ferrell leading the charge, with terrific support from Jon Heder, the phenomenal Amy Poehler and Will Arnett. The plot in itself is rather simplistic, with two arch-rivals joining forces, so they can win the Olympics of the sport, and the villainous duo who will stop at nothing to sabotage their practice and performance. Even at its most threadbare concept, it's still a very funny collective effort for all the cast, who make this film one worth watching and revisiting.