Almost all the best humour comes from the dumb-but-knowing dialogue, which snaps and crackles between Ferrell and Heder.
Chazz: This guy could not hold my jock sweat.
Jimmy: I could hold it all day long, try me!
…and so on. It’s this kind of cheeky, wicked writing that carries the movie – writing that looks so easy to do, but is actually hard to get just right.
Not that the physical routines aren’t amusing in their own way. The prat falls and crotch-to-face skating moves will delight fans of high-end slapstick. But the truly funny stuff is normally going on in the background and off the ice. Watching Chazz strut around in a towel, supremely confident in his flabby masculinity, and musing on the origin of his tattoos, you get a sense that there’s a lot more going on under the hood than might at first appear.
That’s equally true of the supporting cast, who do a wonderful job of keeping the quirky energy of the movie skipping along. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are particularly delightful as Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg - the slightly psychotic brother-sister pair who are our heroes’ main rivals. Like Ferrell and Heder they show an unexpectedly deft touch for timing.
Another joy comes from the movie's inventive and beautifully executed costumes. Like the movie itself, it’s tempting to see them only for what they are on the surface – amusing parodies of an often pretentious sport. But look beyond the comedy and you’ll see some really dazzling workmanship.
For all the pot shots it takes at its subject, Blades of Glory is an affectionate affair. Sure, it delights in skewering pomposity, but it stops short of tearing the whole sport to pieces. And it’s this inherent kindness that largely neutralises what could easily have been a mean-spirited exercise in stereotype bashing.
Whatever it’s strengths, Blades of Glory is essentially a single running joke. You better think that the idea of two pompous, macho idiots skating as a pair is at least mildly funny or you’re not going to enjoy yourself at all. But, while it may be a one-joke movie, that joke is played to the hilt with the kind of madcap energy that is hard to resist.
- Alistair Fairweather
Blades of Glory is a lot like its stars - gloriously silly, unapologetically vulgar and often extremely funny.
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