By Bill (Manchester)
HEY! Are you ready to put something on in the background that you don’t have to pay attention to because there’s absolutely no plot to speak of?
If you answered no, then why are you reading this review? But if you’re not being contrary just for the sake of it, then this is the film for YOU!
Look, it’s not that great, it’s not that bad either. Have you seen Between Two Ferns before? Because if you have, it’s just that premise for 80 minutes. Does it get tedious with the parts where the interviews aren’t happening? Sometimes. But guess what, you’re not meant to be that invested in it, just whack it on it the background while you do something you ought to have done a while ago but haven’t because the task seems too dull. Like organising your tax returns. I would 100% recommend having this film on in the background whilst you file your tax returns. It’s got to be done, may as well have Zach Galifianakis asking his celeb mates dumb questions playing on your laptop on the other side of the desk while you do it.
The basic premise of the film is that Galifianakis needs to do ten Between Two Ferns interviews in the space of two weeks or Will Ferrell (who, in a brand new direction for him, places a bit of a nutter) won’t provide him with his dream Late Light Talk Show. Not exactly winning an Oscar worthy winning script, but it’s light hearted comedy.
Directed by the guy that hosts Comedy Bang! Bang!, Scott Aukerman, all the cast put in good performances, however, the real fun is seeing the bloopers at the end where the celebs react genuinely to the ludicrous interview questions.
To elaborate on the cast performances, I mean nothing I’m going to mention from now on will convince you to watch Between Two Ferns: The Movie starring Zach Galifianakis, the part about tax returns is where it’s make or break for you (the dear reader). The three supporting cast members all put in solid performances, you honestly would believe they detest Galifianakis at parts. Admittedly, I remember not the actors names nor character names, only that of “Cam” the camera operator. An example of the type of light-hearted humour Auckerman and Galifianakis bring to this film.
Will Ferrell does his usual performance where he portrays a fictionalised version of himself as a psychopath. No surprise here, Will Ferrell plays the role of Will Ferrell very *Fer-rell* (it’s meant to say “well”, but pronounced phonetically). Honestly there isn’t that much to say about the movie. Just watch it. Or don’t. Do whatever you want. And that motto doesn’t just apply to Between Two Ferns: The Movie starring Zach Galifianakis; dir. Scott Aukerman, that motto applies to your life as well.
Yeah, all the guest interviews are great too, especially the one starring your favourite celebrity!
To conclude, watch this film if you want to, or don’t.