Movies 03 Oct 2006 12:31 pm

Bad speed movie, good speed movie

Over the last few days, Mrs N and I saw two speed-themed movies. One was bad, and one was good.

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Talladega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby tells the story of Ricky Bobby, a NASCAR driver whose rapid rise to fame is countered by an equally rapid fall.

Will Ferrell plays Ricky Bobby who, after a childhood spend ‘wanting to go fast’, is promoted from mechanic to driver when his team’s real driver steps out of the car during the race to have a meal. Despite some reasonably funny moments (almost all of which feature Sacha Baron Cohen as ‘Jean Girard’, Ricky’s ex-F1 nemesis), this is a pretty brainless flick that has little to offer by way of edification or stimulation.

If you must, it’s in cinemas across Sydney today. Definitely do NOT take young children.

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The World’s Fastest Indian, on the other hand, was an absolute delight. This is the based-on-fact story of aged and obsessed Bert Munro (Anthony Hopkins) from Invercargill. For years, Bert has been turning his 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle into a land speed record contender. The movie traces his journey from New Zealand to the Bonneville salt flats for speed week in 1967. It’s a gentle yet inspiring tale about achieving great things without abusing and exploiting people on the way.

Available now on DVD. Thoroughly recommended.

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