Blades of Glory (2007)
Reviewed on 2009 December 22
Surprisingly funny movie, that combines Will Ferrell’s usually annoying (but good here) elbow-in-the-ribs approach and Jon Heder’s innocent lamb while making fun of sappy skating movies. Mr. Shukti wasn’t impressed with the bits he saw but I enjoyed it.
Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) is the golden boy of Winter Olympics® figure skating, almost too good to be believed and fodder for every sports mag out there. He’s an orphan that looks like a Hummel® figurine and skates like a pro at an early age, causing him to be adopted by Purell®-pushing greedy millionaire Darren MacElroy (William Fichtner in a hilarious bit). It seems nothing can stop Jimmy’s career except his arch rival, skating’s bad boy, Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell). Chazz reminds me of what you’d get if you crossed Elvis Stojko with an obnoxious rock star but forgot to carry over any I.Q. points. When Jimmy and Chazz are disqualified from skating (you have to see it) it looks like their dreams are shattered, until their coach (Craig T. Nelson) comes up with a plan: they can use a loophole to figure skate as a team, if they don’t just strangle each other first.
I think it’s the little things that make this; one is the transition of young Jimmy into the geek with the hilarious peacock outfit, complete with a feather tuft on the butt. Both the hammy acting and the silliness just worked here, plus I read Heder and Ferrell learned how to ice skate for this. It’s worth it just for the peacock getup and the ice-skates-on-an-escalator chase scene.
Three chocolate morsels.