co-wrote and directed "The Other Guys
," an action comedy which stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The summer tentpole hits theatres August 6th and thanks to the Entertainment Media, buzz is already starting to build. Here's a look at the trailer:
It sure has the feel of a fun time at the movies; another one of those high-lariously self-aware action comedies with our man-child protagonist over his head in a crazy story filled with bullets, car chases and that all-important zaniness.
Gee, the critics sure are excited, too. Why, from the trailer alone, ScreenRant is already hyping a Will Ferrell/Adam McKay comeback
From the looks of it, The Other Guys may be just what the pair needs to get moviegoers back on their side after that flop of a remake [Land of the Lost]. While the story sounds like a mix between Lethal Weapon and the most recent Get Smart, everything we’ve seen to this point lends itself to a great comeback.
Over at the L.A. Times, our buddy Patrick Goldstein's so bowled over
he compares the screen chemistry of Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg to the all-time classic cinematic buddy-cop pairings:
I'm a sucker for buddy pictures and Ferrell and Wahlberg seem to have that special kind of yin and yang that the great buddy teams need to possess, whether it was Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, who set the bar formidably high in "48 Hrs." or Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro, who may have even nudged the bar a little higher in "Midnight Run."
But Goldstein's also concerned the movie won't bring in as many customers as it could and so he kindly offers the studio some friendly advice:
If I were Sony, I might be a wee bit worried, since judging by the trailer, the movie looks awfully similar to "Cop Out[.]"
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And you can practically hear First Showing clap their hands
The best part about this (besides Ferrell and Wahlberg being a hilarious comedic duo) is seeing Sam Jackson and Dwayne Johnson play the real badass cops in this. I know action comedies are the new trend (MacGruber, Knight & Day) but this is the one comedy that I am truly looking forward to seeing this summer.
Wow. And this is just a quick sample. With rare exceptions, everywhere you look, entertainment writers have taken the time to get on board for this one. Comebacks have been proclaimed. Success has been rooted for. Free marketing advice has been offered.
The ginning up of the ole' ginning up machine has officially begun.
Are you excited?
Because I'm excited.
Except... Here's what Hollywood's water carriers won't tell you:
Adam McKay isn't just another one of your run-of-the-mill Hollywood Lefties. He's a hardcore political and cultural warrior who writes for The Huffington Post
, co-founded the left-wing political video site "Funny or Die
" and opened his film "Step Brothers" (which I'm a huge fan of) with a gratuitous, bigtime Sucker Punch shot at Bush that was not only off-putting but made it hard to relax through the rest of the film as you waited for the next one.
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are Leftist Sucker Punch Artistes
And now you know why the entertainment media so adores them.
But you have to wonder what "The Other Guys" might have in store for us in the Sucker Punch Department.