Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
30 April 2007
Excerpt: NASCAR: No matter where you sit regarding the sport, it is obviously here to stay. I read recently that it is now the most popular sport in America. So, it makes perfect sense that there have been two major releases this year that live in a NASCAR world. First we had Cars from Pixar and now we have Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby . Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) was born to race cars.
Conclusion: 'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby' is a movie that surprised me. I didn't think I'd care much for the film, but I haven't laughed as hard in a very, very long time. Unfortunately, this Blu-ray release leaves me conflicted. One of Sony's latest BD-50 dual-layer releases, it is chock full of fun supplements (even if all of them are total fluff) and the soundtrack is really quite good for a comedy.
Excerpt: Ever since he was a child, Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) has wanted to go fast. Born in the back of his daddy's (Gary Cole) muscle car, this Southern good ole boy grows up with his (long departed) old man's words ringing in his ears - "If you ain't first, you're last". That philosophy and his need for speed inspire Ricky to become a NASCAR racing driver.
Excerpt: It’s impossible to watch Talladega Nights without thinking of the 2004 movie Anchorman . They’re the same film, and it’s likely because both movies were directed and written by Adam McKay, with scripting help from Will Ferrell. Talladega Nights may have cars instead of news reporting, but it uses the same scattershot approach to comedy, a random collection of semi-improvised sketches tied together by a loose plot in which our comedic hero is laid low by an arch rival and...
Excerpt: The recent run of hit comedies from the Will Ferrell/Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson axis have been funny but sloppy, stringing together killer comic setpieces with weak stories and random nonsense. The new NASCAR-themed comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby —conceived by Ferrell and his Anchorman collaborator Adam McKay—may go too far in the other direction.
Summary: Det går fort för Ricky Bobby. Inte bara på racingbanan, utan även med processen att skaffa sig lyxvilla, en sexig blondin till fru och två söner som till föräldrarnas stora lycka levererar kaxiga repliker dagarna i ända. Men som sig bör för sådana som har det alltför bra så måste Ricky hamna i en svacka.
Excerpt: "Talladega Nights" är egentligen för lång för en komedi, men även sett till speltiden har den högre rolighetsdensitet än mycket annat i genren - för att uttrycka det så tråkigt som möjligt. Ricky Bobby lär sig i unga år av sin knarkige farsa att om man inte vinner så är man sist, och baserar sitt liv på detta visdomsord.