I'm normally pretty forgiving of Will Ferrell, but I got around 20 minutes into this movie before I turned it off.
I was astonished by how mediocre to stupid it was. You have Will Ferrell and Danny McBride, both amazingly good improv comedians, given free reign to do whatever they want in a fantasy/prehistoric setting filled with aliens and dinosaurs. Pushing Daisies' Anna Friel, probably the adorable and spunky actress I can think of, is riding shotgun too.
They have insane amounts of money being thrown at the effects budget and the casting. Every scene looks absolutely gorgeous, and they even rolled in the likes of Leonard Nemoy for the lizard people (whose design I fucking loved). You have no idea how psyched I was for this movie.
I never saw it in theaters, but I can't imagine how awkward that must have been. There's a few laughs, but they're all in the trailer. The cast just doesn't know how to work together at all. It feels like they showed up on set, had an idea, and just did it without refining it or developing it. There's a whole sequence where they see a gigantic crab appear in the horizon, then run toward them, then fall into a pit of boiling water and then explode in front of them into freshly-cooked crab chunks. They then cut to a scene of the three of them eating the crab. Will Ferrell kisses the monkey on a dare. End scene. I seriously would be fascinated to see how they made this movie and what went so horribly wrong. I can only guess they just deferred completely to actors who weren't particularly invested in the movie.
So, yeah. The only real payoff is the dinosaur fight here. Which I loved.
Adam Sandler movies make money, somehow. The bar for "comedy" is exceptionally low, and the return appears to be pretty high, so there's little incentive to actually make movies that are as witty or well-written as the ones that become classics. I think producers/directors either have no sense of humor, don't trust the audience to get jokes that are too far above a fart gag, or know where the work to craft great comedy isn't worth any added return on investment and cut off any attempts to work beyond it.
I suppose I should clarify: Will Farrel is a pretty funny guy, except he never seems to be at his best when in a movie. Kind of like Rowan Atkinson, now that I think about it.
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This scene would be a lot more interesting if it wasn't made entirely out of bad CGI with the actors added.
What is this movie? Never heard of it.
LAND OF THE LOST
It's actually pretty watchable if you are unbelievably baked or blackout drunk.
One of those movies that's so bad, you can't even feel about it until the thing is over. By then, I've usually become rather attached to them, because LOOK WHAT WE WENT THROUGH TOGETHER DOESN'T THAT MEAN SOMETHING, CRAP MOVIE MADE OF CRAP? COME AND LIVE WITH ME FOREVER
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