The passion. The power. The world of competitive figure skating. In my opinion, not enough people appreciate this beautifully athletic activity. Figure skating has long been my favorite winter sport and the best Olympic event created. Recently, this majestic sport received the Will Ferrell sports-spoof treatment with the movie “Blades of Glory” and lucky for you, I was there, hanging on every Will’s every prank.
You may have heard of figure skating greats such as Michelle Kwan, Nancy Kerrigan and Brain Boitano. But have you ever witnessed the brilliance of men’s skaters Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy? “Blades of Glory” follows the story of skaters Michaels, played by Ferrell, and MacElroy, played by Jon Heder (a.k.a. Napoleon Dynamite), who have been kicked out of the sport after a brawl involving a burning mascot. When their lives hit rock bottom, Michaels and MacElroy, who were once rivals, realize they must work together to reenter the world of skating. However, they make their comeback as the first ever male-male pairs team. Hilarity and an excess of spandex soon follow.
This film is silly, ridiculous and unbelievable. It is in no way an accurate portrait of figure skating, despite cameos by many world-famous skaters. All this said, I still admit that “Blades of Glory” is funny, with several moments approaching hilarious. Will Ferrell displays his regular comic genius. His character oozes charisma and sexiness that a chunky guy in shiny red spandex cannot possibly possess. If you are a fan of other Ferrell flicks such as “Talladega Nights” and “Kicking and Screaming,” you will no doubt enjoy “Blades of Glory.”
However, while I always appreciate Will Ferrell, Jon Heder made the movie for me. He takes everything that was great about Napoleon Dynamite, polishes it up with lip gloss and glitter and makes it fly on the ice. Heder’s perpetual naivet