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Pete ( 700 ) · Group: Administrators · Rank: spacer · Posted On: August 25, 2007 at 01:54 PM

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Just watched this on DVD. It's the best and most original film I've seen in a long, long time.

In fact, the last film I was this suitably impressed by was Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and I think this one may have impressed me more.

The cast is fantastic, and look positively relaxed in their roles, playing them in fine, under-stated form. Not one character could have been better played by another actor, so hats off to Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

It also proves that Will Ferrell can do films other than painfully cringe-worthy comedy.

Go, rent, watch, enjoy.

Aren't the Asgard supposedly technologically superior?

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FullAuto ( 1,042 ) · Group: Administrators · Rank: spacer · Posted On: August 25, 2007 at 02:17 PM

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I shall give Ferrell yet another chance, then.

Though Maggie Gyllenhaal is always good, the little minx.

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Pete ( 700 ) · Group: Administrators · Rank: spacer · Posted On: August 25, 2007 at 02:25 PM

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Indeed - she does seem to have a thing for older, slightly strange blokes in her films, although I'll admit that the only two that stick in my memory at this particular moment are this and The Secretary.

I think what makes Ferrell good in this film is that his character is the complete oppisite of his usual characters and, unlike so many, many other comedians *cough*JimCarrey*cough*, Ferrell really can pull it off. He's even a likeable guy by the end of the film.

In fact, it just made me feel good dammit.

Aren't the Asgard supposedly technologically superior?

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FullAuto ( 1,042 ) · Group: Administrators · Rank: spacer · Posted On: August 25, 2007 at 02:32 PM

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Ach, ye great big softheid ye. I'll check this out (on this very day if I can get orf my arse) it sounds interesting without the excessive fucking about that spoiled Adaptation for me...

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FullAuto ( 1,042 ) · Group: Administrators · Rank: spacer · Posted On: August 26, 2007 at 06:39 AM

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Werrrll, I thought I'd liek this film.

I really did.

And I was right, too! Ferell's actually funnier than I've ever seen him despite the fact that he plays a man with no sense of humour at all. Gyllenhaal is great, defensively spiky and yet very nice at the same time. Hoffman is great, but I like him in just about everything he's ever done, so can't fairly count that.

Very funny film indeed, where all the humour is derived from the storytelling itself is a wicked stroke, and I was pissing myself throughout. The bust stop scene was fucking excellent.

NARRATOR: "Harold Crick's imminent death."

HAROLD CRICK:".......What?"

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Pete ( 700 ) · Group: Administrators · Rank: spacer · Posted On: August 26, 2007 at 09:59 AM

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I think one of the nicest surprises for me was that no matter how many trailers I saw for the film before finally watching it, none of them could spoil it because you don't really get a sense of what it's really going to be like until you watch it.

Very much the opposite of a summer blockbuster where the trailer spoils all the best scenes.

Aren't the Asgard supposedly technologically superior?

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FullAuto ( 1,042 ) · Group: Administrators · Rank: spacer · Posted On: August 26, 2007 at 10:02 AM

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Aye, on of those films that's difficult to condense or sum up. Only seeing it suffices!

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