As actor Steve Carell continues his transformation from television icon to major Hollywood star, his roles in animated features are also seeing a dramatic transformation. After starting with a supporting role in Over the Hedge as the caffeine-addicted squirrel "Hammy", he soon was given co-star duties while playing the role of "Mayor" next to comedic icon Jim Carrey in Horton Hears a Who. With today's Blu-ray release of Despicable Me, Carell is pronouncing to everyone that he has arrived.
Whenever a producer decides to bring a successful television show to the big screen, there are a few challenges that will quickly determine how successful it will be at the box office. The first challenge is whether or not a 22 minutes show can be stretched into an hour and a half film. Second, is whether or not the main characters and story can keep the audiences' attention for the full length of the film. The A-Team was a very successful television show, but your personal opinion of the film, which is out today on Blu-ray, is likely swayed by the film's success or failure in meeting those two challenges.
Will Ferrell has been on somewhat of a dry spell, so some extremely questionable roles that made general audiences confused, and more importantly, reluctant to shell out their hard earned cash. Mark Wahlberg, on the other hand, has remained relatively under-the-radar with a few award-nominated roles, but nothing that has been able to stick in the minds of moviegoers. Putting them together in The Other Guys was a genius move, and while the film sometimes slips due to a weak script, the chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg props the film back up, resulting in a fun time had by all.
Staff Reviewer Martin Liebman comments in his Blu-ray review of The Other Guys, "This latest from Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg just misses the mark and can't quite take those last few extra steps required to achieve the level of Action/Comedy perfection the film comes so close to achieving. Nevertheless, there's an outrageously fun and supremely well-acted hit here, and it's sure to appeal to a wide range of moviegoers, including Action junkies and Comedy connoisseurs." He continues, "Featuring a typical-of-Sony near faultless 1080p transfer, a quality lossless soundtrack, and a large quantity of extra content, The Other Guys is a Blu-ray disc well worth adding to the collection."
Big week. The three highlights for me are The A-Team and Legends of the Guardians, and my favorite John Wayne movie, True Grit. But I'm also picking up Despicable Me, 24 season 8, The Other Guys, and The Town. Expensive week this close to Christmas.
Bought "The A-Team" on 'zon and watched it tonight. I saw it in theaters...not sure it was worth a buy on 2nd watching. Hope the features are decent. Will buy "The Town" there too. Can't wait to watch that again. May get "True Grit." Renting "The Other Guys" from BBuster tomorrow. Hope to rent "Cyrus" soon too, although I can't stand Hill.
Next week buying "Salt" from Amazon. Hope to get it to show up in my GB. Enjoyed but will prob rent "Easy A." Will rent "Wall St" from BBuster. Buying "The American" the following week, 12/28. Hope that comes down in price (currently $26 or something) and shows up in my GB.
Bought Despicable Me at B- Buy but half way through the movie( when the girls discover Gru's lab,) the movie freezes and "jumps " around to a different scene. I already went to exchange it but the second one does it also at that same location in the movie and ONLY at that scene.. Anyone else this has happened to??