If you know me, you know I am an unabashed fan of Will Ferrell. Hey! I saw Semi-Pro in the theater. I have credibility.
So when the teaser trailer for Ferrell’s Casa di mi Padre hit the web last week, it got an immediate thumbs up from me.
The trailer keeps it pretty close to the chest, but apparently Ferrell speaks in broken Spanish throughout the whole movie. The concept seems so totally bizarre, I can’t picture a scenario where it doesn’t work.
Need another reason to see this movie? Ron Swanson himself – Nick Offerman is in it. And it will be glorious.
I think what’s most hilarious about the movie is the synopsis. If you read it, the film comes across like your standard-issue telenovelas.
Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father’s ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando’s younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). It seems that Raul’s success as an international businessman means the ranch’s troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul’s business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).
If they decide to play it completely straight, the comedy will basically come from the juxtaposition of seeing one of the whitest white men imaginable mix it up in this context. Kind of meta but totally brilliant. I’m on board.
Because I love you, I’m also uploading the poster for the film. What’s your take on this bold (and bizarre) new project for Ferrell? Leave your comments below!
Late last night the first part of the two-part prequel to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy – and Dear Lord, that’s a mouthful. I present the teaser trailer to The Hobbit.
At first blush, I get a distinct “gettin’ the band back together” vibe coming off this thing. Maybe that’s to be expected since Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom will all be reprising their roles from the LotR movies.
I know when I saw the title card reading “Next December…” I was taken aback. Mostly because it seems like a long way off to start an advertising campaign. But, when you consider that The Fellowship of the Ring first premiered in theaters almost a decade earlier, I can kind of understand wanting to capture that symmetry of time.
I was also struck by the sheer amount of footage they managed to cobble together for the trailer. With a year to go, it makes me wonder how much effect work is left to lay in? I’m sure WETA’s render farm will be overclocked in 2012.
What’s your reaction to the new trailer for The Hobbit? Personally, I’m a little underwhelmed. It feels like more of the same to me. But then again, I like the idea of revisiting these characters and hanging out with them again for a little while.
Good times, man. Good times.