The Moviefile - Land of the Lost: Well, I Liked It, Anyway

When did it get cool to not like Will Ferrell? It seems like a growing number of people (including a few inside the TWoP offices) have had enough of him. Now, I'm not saying all of his movies have been great -- I still have not met anyone who saw Semi-Pro -- but a lot of them make me laugh just thinking about them. The mental image of Ferrell running around thinking he's on fire in Talladega Nights, putting his scrotum on the drum kit in Step-Brothers, or screaming in a phone booth in Anchorman is enough to make me at least chuckle. Maybe that makes me some sort of dimwit. I don't know. But I certainly don't think I'm a "Ferrell follower," or part of some Ferrell-worshipping cult. I just like things that are funny.

Which is why I enjoyed myself watching Land of the Lost. It has some incredibly funny moments, and not all of them are Ferrell's. As cave tour guide Will, Danny McBride is kind of a jerk, and it's still the most likable character he's ever played. While he has his moments of ridiculousness, he actually plays the Abbott to Ferrell's Costello in a lot of his scenes, which was interesting to see from him. The big surprise was The Lonely Island member Jorma Taccone as monkey-man Chaka. I expected his chattering monkey-talk to get annoying, but the subtleties that the fur-covered and tooth-enhanced Taccone injected into his body language and his gibberish let him hold up his side of several conversations (via translator, of course), and actually earned him a few completely untranslated laughs. Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) gets a few laughs for translating Chaka's monkey monologues, but the dinosaur, Grumpy, gets more, and deservedly so. That's one funny CGI dinosaur.

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