Director: Will Speck, Josh Gordon
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett,
Amy Poehler, William Fichtner, Jenna Fischer, Romany Malco,
Nick Swardson, Rob Corddry, Craig T. Nelson
RunTime: 1 hr 33 mins
Released By: UIP
Official Website: http://www.bladesofglorymovie.com
Date: 17 May 2007
rival Olympic figure skaters are stripped of their medals
and banned from the sport after a nasty brawl at the Winter
Olympics in Salt Lake City. After years of obscurity, the
two men put aside their differences and exploit a loophole
that allows them to compete in the pairs figure skating category.
yourself one thing, do you happen to chuckle at their heinous
hairpieces, skin-tight spandex and outrageous pose when you
walked past the standees and posters at cinema lobbies?
you nod your head, most likely you should enjoy the movie
itself, “Blades of Glory”.
begin with, the plot is thinner than the ice on the skating
rink. If you must know, Will Ferrell and Jon Heder plays two
rival Olympic figure skaters who got banned for life after
a fistfight but feel more like a “catfight” at
the winter Olympics. Three and a half years later, these 2
rivals have to get together to compete in the pairs figure
skating category so as to get out of their now boring routine
the dismal results of “Stranger
than Fiction”, Will Ferrell is back doing what he
does best (See “Anchorman” and “Talladegan
Nights”). As Chazz Michael Michaels, he’s
a sex addict, foul-mouthed with a serious lack of grammar
and general knowledge champion skater. Mr Napoleon Dynamite
aka Jon Heder is an orphan, skating protégé
brought up by the merciless millionaire, Darren MacElroy (played
by William Fichtner in a limited screentime role).
fresh combination results in some of the best no-brainer dialogue
and clownish antics ever seen on the screen this year. The
conservatives might be put off by the slightly gayish pranks
though. Two grown men skating in the pairs category? But that’s
where all the fun lies. Expect anatomy references and outrageous
one-liner no less. From the great Chazz Michael Michaels:
“They laughed at Louie Armstrong when he said he was
going to the moon, and now he's up there, laughing at them”.
their directorial debut is Josh Gordon and Will Speck, this
duo seem rather at ease behind the camera concocting the insane
acts. But the trophy has to go to Will Ferrell for most of
the duration lighting up the screen with his over the top
up the cast is Craig T Nelson (Mr Incredible) as Ferrell and
Heder’s coach and also real-life couple, Will Arnett
and Amy Poehler playing a pair of up-to-no-good sibling competitors.
of Glory” is stupid. It’s funny. It’s crapish.
However, it’s definitely not a crime to laugh yourself
silly in the dark halls. I’m sure Mr Armstrong will
be amused too. Hopefully.
(Don't spill your coke or choke on your popcorns!)
Review by Linus Tee