MOVIE REVIEW – ‘Blades of Glory’

Review by J.T. Johnson

DIRECTORS: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stefan Czapsky
WRITERS: John Altschuler, Jeff Cox, Craig Cox, Dave Krinsky
MUSIC: Theodore Shapiro

Here it is! My first movie review ever! It’s also a horrible review and I think I’ve definitely improved since then. I’ve actually removed a lot of reviews from my first two years as a film critic. This is mostly because I was only writing reviews at the time for my friends.

There was a “Blog” section on my old and now defunct MySpace page and that’s where my film criticism started. I keep the “Blades of Glory” review as a reminder that there is always room for improvement, even to this day.

I hope you enjoy how awful this review is and at least agree that I have somewhat improved since then.

“Blades of Glory” stars Will Ferrell and Jon Heder who surprisingly make a great comedy duo. Will is of course the crazy, outspoken character while Jon Heder is the straight man. That’s funny to say considering that Heder himself can also be pretty crazy throughout the entire film.

The movie is about two male singles figure skaters who are kicked out of the sport after tying for the gold and fighting with one another. A coach, played by “Coach” star Craig T. Nelson, decides to coach them as the first ever male figure skating duo.

What I liked about the movie is that it is the first movie in awhile to actually be a comedy. “Man of the Year”, for example, was actually more of a dramedy featuring Robin Williams doing only a little bit of comedy. Will Ferrell is funny as hell and delivers the goods as Chazz Michaels, a sex addict who can’t help himself.

Jon Heder is a character who was trained since he was a kid and is a bit of whiner. The whining part could have been overdone easily, but Heder masterfully keeps it to a minimum. The rest of the supporting cast is also strong.

The biggest compliment that I can give this film, however, is the fact that the filmmakers could have decided to make one big gay joke out of two male figure skaters skating together. Instead, they decided to tastefully avoid this and there is not any real negative gay humor in the film, so kudos to the producers.

The only real problem I had with the film is that they did not give Nelson much to work with when Nelson has proven that he has good comedic presence. Also, the film’s love story plays itself out like we’ve seen a hundred times. The boy meets the girl, the boy or the girl do something to screw it up, and by the end, the boy or girl makes up for said mistake and they fall in love. It’s a tired formula and this film brings nothing new to the table.

Beyond that little misstep, “Blades of Glory” proves to be one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in recent years and one of the best comedies, so far, in 2007.

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