August 7, 2006

Talladega Nights and the evolution of Will Ferrel's career

I saw Will Ferrel's newest movie, Talladega Nights over the weekend. Relative to everything else released this summer, it was quite enjoyable. It was rough though. Parts of it approached the improvisational brilliance of Christopher Guest's mockumentries (like Best in Show and Spinal Tap) while others were fashioned after the more traditional staged zaniness of Anchorman and Old School. I left the movie hoping it was the first in a new stage of Ferrel's career, but in case it isn't Guest has a new movie coming out this fall--it should be better than anything that has been released in a long time.