blades of glory.


Jenna Fischer’s momma-bombs.

The calendar says “July,” when I’ve been looking forward to this movie 3 months back. Blades of Glory pads Will Ferrel’s film resumé of poking fun at situations you don’t normally poke fun at. (Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights) And what you don’t see coming, you could either be afraid of or laugh at. Thankfully it’s much of the latter.

Banned from the male singles division in a fictitious world figure skating championship, Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrel) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder), former rivals, are forced to work together as the first-ever male-male pair, thanks to MacElroy’s stalker pointing out a loophole in the rules.

As expected, hilarity ensues when the former rivals, a sleazy skatter/stripper and a former child prodigy, try their hand at a partnership. With Coach (Craig T. Nelson) helping them get the gold, their only obstacle lies in the form of the incestuous Waldenberg twins, Stranz and Fairchild, (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, real-life husband and wife) the reigning champions of pair skating. Helping them, (through oppression) is their younger sister, Katie (Jenna Fischer), who becomes Jimmy’s love interest.

The excellent supporting cast work hand-in-hand with the two leads to provide an hour-and-a-half of comedy gold, which is made up of one long gay joke. (William Fichtner, Rob Corddry and Luke Wilson — it is a frat-pack movie, after all — provide additional laughs) Further reinforcing the illusion, the movie includes several real-life figure-skating celebrities. That adds a subtle level of laughter, if the real-life skaters themselves make fun of the sport they love so much.

My only gripe is the CG effects! There are several short scenes that unsuccesfully utilize CG, though I guess it’d be much too dangerous (and physically impossible) to perform the stunts that were rendered.

Spoiler: the catalyst for the main conflict is Jenna Fischer’s momma-bombs!

As a side note, Mall of Asia’s Director’s Lounge features a big, HUEG screen compared to Globe Platinum Cinema’s, but it’s offset by the accessibility. And GPC’s seating arrangements are better in my opinion.



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