Talladega Nights / The Ballad of Ricky Bobby : 2 of 5
I went to see this movie with my pals Ernesto and Jonathan at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which always makes a movie a fun experience, even if the movie isn't so great. Talladega Nights was pretty good, but I can't help feeling that it could have been a lot funnier. There's no need to go into the plot, since I'm sure you've seen the trailer! Everyone in the cast does a great job, and Will Ferrell is one of the best comedic film actors in a long time, but I wanted to see a little more craziness. I guess I was hoping for something more off-the-wall (like Airplane), but I still had a lot of laughs. Based on the out-takes shown during the end credits, I think most of the best lines were ad-libbed! The most memorable line for me was about Highlander winning the Academy Award for "best movie ever made". I thought the interaction between Ricky and Cal seemed pretty genuine - John C. Reilly is just an amazing actor no matter what role he plays. There are a couple of cool camera movies during the races that impressed me - definitely CG-enhanced, but still creative. I guess I'm grasping for things to mention at this point! Talladega Nights was good for a few chuckles, but not near as funny as Anchorman, for example. I think Nascar was just so easy to spoof that they tried too hard, and ended up with lots of unnecessary tangents in the plot.