After seeing the trailer for Ted 2, I was really looking forward to watching the sequel to one of the funniest and successful comedies of recent times. It fell nothing short of what I had expected; crude humour, bad acting, and satire. Was I expecting amazing film work with jaw dropping angles and visuals? Not a chance.
Michael Bay is notorious for his superficial approach to filmmaking -- it is all about looks. Give him a World War II epic, a catastrophic event, or a terrorist plot for destruction and he just skims the surface of the human condition. Give him jacked up, directionless, simple-minded body builders, and he gives you characters you can't help but be invested in.
He has the body of a Care-Bear and a mouth like Peter Griffin. He is Ted and yes he is real.
TED is the live-action directorial debut of Family Guy creator/lead voice actor Seth McFarlane. The premise to McFarlane's first feature film is just as ridiculous, if not more, as the on-again-off-again TV show that made him famous.
Going into yet another collaboration from Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay, I tried to keep an open mind about The Other Guys. Not being the biggest fan of either of their previous works, Step Brothers & Talladega Nights, I'll admit I was a bit skeptical this time around. However, I really liked it. Partly because of Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L.
I have been a huge fan of Mark Wahlberg ever since he starred in 1996's Fear, where he starred as the unhinged boyfriend of Reese Witherspoon. I have always wanted to see him in a straight-out action picture. We have come close with films like 1999's The Corruptor, 2001's Planet of the Apes, and 2003's The Italian Job. But all those films never really let Wahlberg be an action hero.