Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Super-Sized Version) (2013)

Directed By – Adam McKay

Screenplay By – Will Ferrell & Adam McKay

Cinematography By – Patrick Capone & Oliver Wood

Starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner & Christina Applegate

143 min.

This “super-sized” temptress was available on Netflix and I gotta say, it felt stale. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood to laugh but that’s really never the case. Funny is funny and when I watch something that’s funny I laugh, the way that comedy usually works. I remember finding the theatrical version funny last year and laughing a good bit but this extended version just didn’t do it for me.

The jokes used in this version were clearly improvised and for the most part repetitive. Ron Burgundy says his “By the nipple of Spock” thing way way too often. They’re all different versions of the same joke and eventually it’s just not funny. Steve Carell is left laughing at everything. And it’s not so much that they use new jokes as they use a blatantly improvised version of the joke that wasn’t as funny as the one they went with in the theatrical version, which honestly was probably improvised too.

I don’t want to say much more because I feel it unfair to judge a movie based on its extended version that replaced a lot of the jokes it went with in the original to give the audience a new experience, but if you are thinking of rewatching Anchorman 2 stick with the theatrical version rather than this super-sized one, because it’s not so super.

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Directed By – Judd Apatow

Screenplay By – Judd Apatow & Steve Carell

Cinematography By – Jack Green

Starring Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd & Seth Rogen

116 min.

What I consider the Apatow Revolution started with The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The Apatow Revolution changed the way comedies are made and what consists of a Hollywood comedy. While taking Carell and Apatow a step up in the world of celebrity culture, The 40-Year-Old Virgin was Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd’s coming out party. Of course, Rudd had been in the industry a much longer time then Rogen but the two’s association with Apatow would make them comedic stars, especially in their next movie together, Apatow’s Knocked Up (2007).

Everything in this movie is hilarious. It is raunchy yet heartfelt. It doesn’t hold its punches yet it never takes a cheap shot just because. The 40-Year-Old Virgin in my opinion is a perfect comedy using the cast impeccably with a completely original script. It introduced us to a new style of comedy in the heavy influence of improvisation but it also introduced us to a profusion of comedic geniuses that would take over the genre for the next decade to come.

If you haven’t watched The 40-Year-Old Virgin in a while, go watch it because it’s hilarious and brilliant on so many levels.

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Foxcatcher (2014)

Directed By – Bennett Miller

Screenplay By – E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman

Cinematography By – Greig Fraser

Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum & Mark Ruffalo

134 min.

Straight up, I did not like this film. I blame it on story and pacing because in terms of production aspects, the cinematography, the acting, and the score (the music in the movie was the best part) they were all great. The story is boring. The characters are fascinating but the movie lingers on things that aren’t important and skips over things that are. I felt like there isn’t a build up to the ending, it just happens. The characters don’t really have a spiral downward into insanity as much as they are already crazy to begin with. That being said, they seem more like they have aspergers than anything else.

This movie was way too long for what it gives the audience. There are moments that are exciting but for the most part I always wanted to get to the next scene. Things in this movie become repetitive and I became bored. The craziest part of this movie is that the actual story is more entertaining and bizarre than what the movie shows!

I do think all three actors will get nominated, at least Carell and Tatum are practically shoe-ins, Ruffalo might have a harder time getting the nom. That being said, acting can only take me so far in movie. If anything I felt like Carell and Tatum weren’t given enough to do. Maybe I’m crazy, maybe this is a brilliant movie that will withstand the test of time, but I’m calling overhype on this one, and it being a movie with very very little rewatchability factor.

Of course, go see it and make your own opinion, that’s the point. But I think I’ve made mine very clear.

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