Other Guys, The
When hero cops Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith die after having jumped off a building while pursuing a couple of robbers, detective Terry Hoitz, who got paired up with Mark Gamble as punishment for accidentally shooting Derek Jeeter, sees it as an opportunity to step up and make his career go in the right direction again. Gamble, on the other hand, isn’t interested in making a career. He’s fine acting as a simple desk cop, filing papers and investigating white collar crimes.
While going through tons of paperwork, Gamble finds out that something is wrong with shady capitalist David Ershon and when he and Hoitz go out to speak with Ershon, it quickly becomes clear that there’s more going on with the man than they expected. Is this their chance to redeem themselves?
Sound and Vision:
The image and sound are as you can expect from a recent DVD release. The action scenes are quite well done and use the subwoofer and different channels as much as possible, while dialogues remain clear and understandable at all times.
The image doesn’t contain any real spoilers, and except for some minor aliasing there really isn’t anything that we could complain about, although we wouldn’t mind some more fine detail but then we’re forgetting this isn’t a Blu-ray
– Extended Cut
– Deleted Scenes
– Bed, Bath and Beyond
– Crash and Burn – Stunts
Except for two versions of the movie being present on the disc (theatrical and extended cut) the extras are a bit thin. The biggest batch is deleted scenes that were deleted for a reason.
While it would be easy to make a parody on action movies, director Adam McKay does things a bit smarter with The Other Guys. Instead of making fun of every cliche that action flicks have, he made a comedy within the premise of an action movie. And succeeds very well in doing that.
The combination of Will Ferrell (on his way back to the top), Mark Wahlberg (who clearly has a talent for comedy) and Michael Keaton (who’s ready for a big comeback) works extremely well and guarantees several scenes that will make you laugh out loud. And to add even more laughs, the scenes with Eva Mendes are just hilarious!
The Other Guys isn’t an unforgettable comedy but it does show there’s more to comedy than the standard rom-com crap and drama comedy that we’ve been overwhelmed with lately. It’s an intelligent fun movie that combines action with good jokes and some great improvisation from a cast that shows they know what they’re doing and a director that gives his actors enough time to build up their thing without letting them go on and on for too long. Timing is essential in comedy and McKay works it perfectly.
The Other Guys is definitely a movie we would suggest checking out, even if it isn’t an immediate classic.