(This was done and ready to post yesterday, somehow that never happened, my apologies.)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
PG-13, 2006, 71%
General Thoughts: Sorry, Will Farrell just isn’t all that funny to me. I’m trying to think of one of his comedies that I have experienced anything beyond mild amusement. I thought Zoolander was funny but that was mostly Stiller, and I remember laughing a lot at SNL’s cheerleader sketch, but I’m pretty sure that was mostly Cheri O’ Teri, and when Jim Carey guest hosted and participated he showed up Ferrell big time. The trend, unfortunately, doesn’t change in Talladega Nights, where I was more bored than amused. The sad thing is that there is actually some decent messages to take from the film about rebellion, arrogance, and friendship. Not nearly enough to ever make me want to watch this movie again, but it is there.
Overall Grade: C- (71%)
Arthur and the Invisibles
PG, 2006, 84%
General Thoughts: I enjoyed this film much more than I thought I would. It’s a tightly spun fantasy tale about perseverance and faith. Unfortunatley that faith is a misplaced one (in ourselves instead of outside) but there are still some potent messages on how to live out belief. The movie is also beautiful and well acted (both voice and live) and I found it genuinely engaging. Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) does an amazing job moving the pieces around and though I wouldn’t call it a classic it was an enjoyable film to watch with my older boys.
Interesting Side Notes: Word is that two sequels will be coming in 2009 and 2010 and the Besson has said he wants to finish his career directing Arthur movies. The original (and official) title is “Arthur et les Minimoys”.
Overall Grade: B (84%)