Friday, January 25, 2008

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

"Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby" (Adam McKay, 2006) It's a movie as dumb as a stump, but in its own way it's a little miracle with the majority of performers ad-libbing their lines; One of the joys of the DVD presentation is watching Will Farrell, John C. Reilly, Sasha Cohen, and the other actors trying out new lines and new interpretations at the spur of the moment. It's truly a movie built on a wing (or a spoiler) and a prayer and shaped in the editing room. I guess when you're recording on Hi-Def Video rather than film you can do as many takes as you want without stopping. It's a testament to the actors and behind-the-camera folks that they could make this jigsaw puzzle work as well as it does. It may be sporadic, but it does generate belly-laughs.

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