Blades of Glory

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Blades of Glory --- Will Ferrell and Jon Heder take it to the ice

Jun 23, 2007
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Pros:some funny moments, original premise

Cons:over-the-top too often, seems to drag, many unfunny moments, some horrible dialogue

The Bottom Line: I don't really recommend it because it was not all that funny, and in the end was just a below average film.


It's not hard to make fun of figure skating as it is, but Will Ferrell and Jon Heder take it the next level in their film Blades of Glory. Both play self-obsessed skaters who consider themselves to be the best thing possible for the sport, and according to dialogue in the film, are considered two of the best on the ice. Ferrell plays Chazz Michael Michaels, an off-the-wall personality that is basically the bad boy of ice skating. He uses a lot of sexual moves in order to garner high scores, and brings an extreme bravado to the ice. Heder plays Jimmy MacElroy, an adopted kid who works with precision and exact interpretations when he is on the ice. You could call the good-guy of the sport, and when he crosses paths with Chazz, you know that they are not going to get along.

At the Olympics the two skaters face off, each doing their own thing on the ice. Neither is happy with how the other performs, and when they end up on the medal podiums together, a fight breaks out that results in a lot of embarrassment for the sport. This outburst/fight ends up getting both of them banned from skating in the Men's division for the rest of their lives. A pretty hefty penalty, and both go about finding other ways to make a living. This however does not apply to skating in the pairs competition, and an eccentric coach puts Michael Michaels and MacElroy together on the ice to take on the skating world. This is where the humor of the story lies, as two men partner up to try and win the United States Pairs Championship.

As with most films that star Will Ferrell, you have to enjoy a specific brand of humor if you are going to find any pleasure in watching Blades of Glory. It sticks with that same low-brow type of humor, but again using original material in order to bring home the laughs. Teaming up Ferrell with Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder was a really good move, and it looked like this would be a very funny movie. The supporting cast didn't look too bad, with the inclusion of Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Jenna Fischer (The Office), and Craig T. Nelson. To be sure it was a good cast of comedic actors, but the film needed something stronger in the development of the film in order to make this a winner.

There were several problems with this story that kept me from enjoying it as much as I thought I would. The first one is that the pacing of the movie was just all wrong. It couldn't figure out where to be dramatic and where to be comedic, and the underlying plot that tied everything together just faltered as a result. Sure there were some funny moments when Ferrell and Heder interacted, but when the entire story is based around them figure skating, there really needs to be some great material to work with. That was not the case with Blades of Glory, as there were too many segments that focused on toilet humor or sexual jokes that just were not funny. This made the film seem even longer, and took away from some of its originality. See this one if you really like Will Ferrell and Jon Heder; otherwise stay away from it, because it has nothing else of substance to offer the audience.




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