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DOWNHILL (2020): The Thing I Liked

Downhill (2020), Will Ferrell, Julia Louis Dreyfus, FoxSearchlight.
Downhill (2020), Will Ferrell, Julia Louis Dreyfus, FoxSearchlight

I liked Force Majeure; I mean Downhill, which is a remake of Force Majeure (2014); a French film I’ve never seen. As such, there’ll be no comparisons here today. And there’s also a chance that if you’ve seen Force Majeure, you won’t quite agree with the one or two of the positive things I have to say about Downhill, which is of course fine.

Set in the Swiss Alps during a family skiing holiday, and in the aftermath of an unexpected avalanche, directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s Downhill isn’t quite the comedy I expected.

I see Faxon and Rash’s movie as the story of a couple’s marriage falling apart, which kind of sounds like a lot, but Downhill is not as emotionally taxing as Marriage Story (2019), for example. Whereas what happens in Marriage Story made audiences sad, Downhill made me feel awkward and uncomfortable; like a concerned friend realising for the first time, just how unhealthy a couple’s relationship is.

I found Downhill amusing in parts. It’s kind of hard for it not to be with comedy greats like Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell involved. I enjoyed both their performances. Yet, overall the movie is not as hilarious as I thought it might be. The dramatic/awkward moments stood out more than the comedy.

I see Downhill more as a cautionary tale that’s there to remind us to stay alert; just in case we’re ever in danger of getting involved with a complete coward.

Watch it if you’re curious. Or, you can always watch Force Majeure instead. I’ve heard that it’s better.

Happy Film Loving

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DOWNHILL (2020): New Trailer From Julia Louis-Drefus, Will Ferrell, Zach Woods, Miranda Otto…

Downhill (2020). Will Ferrell, Julia Louis Dreyfus, FoxSearchlight
Downhill (2020). Will Ferrell, Julia Louis Dreyfus, FoxSearchlight

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Downhill (2020).


From directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, in Downhill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star as a married couple forced to re-evaluate their lives and their feelings after narrowly escaping an avalanche in the Swiss Alps.

Other key cast members includes Miranda Otto, Zach Woods…

I love Louis-Dreyfus and this looks good, dramatic and funny, even though it’s not a comedy.

I’m also looking forward to seeing the on screen dynamic between Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell. Especially since Ferrell doesn’t seem to be playing a likeable character.

Zach Woods, Kristofer Hivju, Hélène Cardona, Zoe Chao, Giulio Berruti, Julian Grey, Ammon Jacob Ford, Matt Lindquist, Nadiv Molcho, Kimberly Rydell, Jono Bergmann and Peter Schorn also star.

Downhill Release Dates: February 14th, 2019 (US)…

Happy Film loving

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HOLMES & WATSON (2018): New Trailer From Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Ralph Fiennes…

Holmes & Watson (2018), John C. Reilly, Will Ferrell
Holmes & Watson (2018), John C. Reilly, Will Ferrell

Holmes & Watson is a Humorous version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

Directed by Etan Cohen; Holmes & Watson stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall…

Looks like fun ridiculousness – just the kind of thing I’ll be in the mood for at some point, I know it! I find myself rather happy for Ferrell and Reilly because of how much fun it undoubtedly is to speak on those specific British accents.

Steve Coogan, Hugh Laurie, Kelly Macdonald, Lauren Lapkus and Noah Jupe also star.

Holmes & Watson Release Dates: November 9th, 2018 (US); December 26th, 2018 (UK)

Happy Film Loving

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DADDY’S HOME 2 (2017): New Trailer From Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, John Cena…

Daddy's Home 2 (2017), Mel Gibson
Daddy’s Home 2 (2017), Mel Gibson

The first Daddy’s Home (2015) movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and Linda Cardelilni featured a ‘cool biological dad versus new and not so cool stepdad’ dynamic between Ferrell and Wahlberg. For the Sean Anders directed sequel, the same dynamic remains, except this time Ferrell and Wahlberg’s characters are the best of friends but their dads played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow are not quite that…

 

The original movie was OK and featured some memorable scenes. I’ll be tuning in this time for much of the same and hopefully more. I already love the kiss between Lithgow and Ferrell’s characters.

Daddy’s Home 2 Release Dates: November 10th, 2017 (US); November 22nd, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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ZOOLANDER 2 (2016): The Things I Loved…

Zoolander 2 (2016), Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller
Zoolander 2 (2016), Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller

Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, I’ll start by confirming that without question, the original Zoolander (2001) movie is better. The story in the first movie seemed so much simpler in comparison and I found that I loved every single cameo, including Paris Hilton, Billy Zane and especially David Bowie.

The cameos in Zoolander 2, particularly the ones from the world of fashion are disappointing on account of dodgy acting skills all round. Valentino, Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Winter and Marc Jacobs – along with Justin Bieber all did the best they could of course but I was still left wanting.

Overall, nothing was half as annoying as Kyle Mooney’s Don Atari. The character’s extreme and irritating hipster ways made it hard to see why he had to be there at all.

Zoolander 2 (2016), Will Ferrell, Nathan Lee Graham
Zoolander 2 (2016), Will Ferrell, Nathan Lee Graham

I enjoyed the use of a soundtrack that definitely seemed more at home in a superhero movie. Will Ferrell’s Jacobim Mugato, my very favourite character from the original film is the one I couldn’t wait to see again, and what a joyful reunion it turned out to be. I remember laughing particularly loudly at his line about the number of square meals fed to Derek Jr., a character played very well by young Cyrus Arnold.

I’m a big fan of the original Zoolander movie and this sequel, though not an improvement on the original, I found it worth it for the handful of jokes that do land and for the opportunity to reminisce about how happy I was to have come across the original film in the first place.

Watch it, especially if you loved the original and you’re as curious as I am. Should you watch just one of these movies, please let it be Zoolander (2001).

Happy Film Loving

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DADDY’S HOME (2015): The Thing I liked…

Daddy's Home (2015), Mark Wahlberg
Daddy’s Home (2015), Mark Wahlberg (Real Dad)

This is how I answer the question of whether or not to watch the stepdad / biological dad comedy, Daddy’s Home. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, a pair who have shown great onscreen chemistry in the past. For example, 2010’s The Other Guys.

Daddy’s Home won’t ask too much of you except that you sit down, relax, and accept a few laughs. Generally speaking, you’ll be ok as long as you don’t mind the absence of surprises plot-wise.

Daddy's Home (2015), Will Ferrell (Stepdad)
Daddy’s Home (2015), Will Ferrell (Stepdad)

The best thing about the movie, for me is the onscreen chemistry and verbal sparring between the two lead actors. If you love Farrell and or Wahlberg, you’ll probably watch the movie regardless. So to that I say, enjoy and I’m excited for you about Daddy’s Home 2, release date November 2017.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

ZOOLANDER 2 (2016): New Trailer From Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson

Zoolander 2 (2016), Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller
Zoolander 2 (2016), Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller

The Zoolander 2 trailer lands…

I’m ready for more Derek Zoolander, Hansel and Mugatu as well as the new characters played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig and Penelope Cruz. February isn’t that far away.

Release Date (s): February 12th, 2016 (US & UK), March 16th, 2016 (FR)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ELF (2003): Will Ferrell Makes It Good

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Elf (2003), Will Ferrell

Silly, with several funny and moving moments, plus all the right messages for the christmas season is just one way to describe Elf, starring Will Ferrell in the title role.

Directed by Jon Favreau, I’ve heard many people refer to Elf as their favourite Christmas movie. I can’t say it’s mine but Ferrell does a positively memorable job with his character.

If you weren’t already a fan of Ferrell, it’s quite likely that after the movie, you’ll recognise and applaud his  capabilities. Just make sure you’re in the mood for some silly.

Zooey Dechanel’s beautiful singing voice and the characters played by Faison Love and Peter Dinklage are a few of my favourite things about the movie.

Watch it for a reminder of why so many people can’t help but look forward to Will Ferrell in comedy roles. Daddy’s Home (2015) is Ferrell’s latest comedy which will be here just in time for Christmas 2015.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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