The Other Guys Review

Super-Cops like Danson and Highsmith would be nowhere without desk jockeys to clean up all the paperwork for them. This is where the “other guys” come in, as their roles within the police department see them sifting through paperwork whilst bad-ass cops roam the streets. At least, this is the case in Adam Mckays latest release The Other Guys.

Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlburg) , and Allen Gamble (Will Ferrel) are the other guys. They find themselves stuck in the office each day working through the paperwork of New Yorks most beloved cops, Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Higsmith (Samuel L Jackson). If anything, through the casting alone there’s an immediate spectrum set up for people watching the film, as on one end you’re shown two of hollywoods most bad-ass action stars, against people more related to comedy than gunfire and explosions.
When i first started watching The Other Guys i found myself being built up for an epic action comedy with insane scenes that see the cops saving the day through crazy scenarios that would normally be impossible! Unfortunately this only lasted for the first scene and i found the closest it got to action later was a building explosion and a gun scene. With this in mind i felt that from the action side of things, this film was a bit of a let down as it got further in.

However this film is more of a parody of the various cop movies that have cropped up over the years, so can’t really be put down for it’s lack of action as it makes up for it with the constant comedy throughout the film.
Whilst this film may not necessarily be upto par with Anchorman and Step Brothers, it is still a pretty funny release from McKay! Ferrels casting in this film was perfect as his random outbursts and unpredictable attitude shine through best! Quite a large part of the comedy within the film is based around Ferrels character, and his split personality in which one side of him is a timid office worker, and the other is a crazed chick attracting pimp with a strange hold over women.  This added with Coogans appearance throughout the film, various parodies of other cop films, and the most random plot twists you’ll see in a while, help this film maintain constant laughs throughout.

The one negative point i really had with the film was how it seemed to drag out unnecessarily in places, and use over done jokes to fill these spaces with humor – which if anything just made it worse! This came as the film followed Terry and Allen as they tried to solve the main case of the film. Whislt a necessary part to the film, i feel it was played on a bit too much and could have been condensed more to give more room for later aspects such as the climax fight scenes, or the crime fighting duo of Danson and Higsmith (Seriously annoyed they weren’t kept in!)

So all in all, i think this film is a must see if you’re a fan of Ferrels work in Anchorman and Step Brothers, or if you just fancy heading out to the cinema to have a few laughs with mates! But not a great film if you’re one of those people that hates long gaps that lose your attention! So with that in mind i’m giving this film 3.5/5 as it amused me throughout, but at the same time the massive drag out boring bit in the middle really had me yawning.

Imaginary train strikes, Alternating routes, and Lessons learnt

Right now i am sat on a train from Munich to Dusseldorf, from where i will pick up a train to Amsterdam. The plugs, wifi and comfortable reclining seats on this train are making it so much better than the trains i’ve hopped on in the UK before. My local ones for example have the same seats through all classes, and don’t all have plugs, and then the long distance ones i’ve hopped on to Scotland were always crammed, and uncomfortable for long journeys, so in comparison this train and the trains i’ve been on previously have been awesome!

On Saturday i began my trip across Europe in Pisa, Italy. It was an amazing starting point, and the weather couldn’t have been better! Upon arriving i checked into the hostel to lose my bag, and then headed off around the city. We weren’t sure where to start so headed for the tower of Pisa, since that was the most obvious starting point. As it turned out that was a pretty sound decision as we got to see a fair few awesome buildings on the walk up and back! There were a fair few ruins and old churches that weren’t mapped on the tourist map we were handed at the hostel, so finding those was a bonus!

After visiting the tower we decided to goto the train station to check trains to Venice the next day. This is where i was informed of a last minute train strike from 9pm Saturday night to 9pm Sunday night. Which was at the time a planning disaster as we ideally had to be on a train getting into Venice around 4pm, so we weren’t getting in too late!  The problem with strikes on individual lines or locations abroad is that there’s no way of finding out about them easily. I googled lots that night and found NOTHING in English about the strike, which is understandable! They’re in Italy… but still! It would have been awesome to have had a way to find out about strikes before hitting the actual station.

The next day i got up early to goto the train station to see if the strikes had ended early, and was happy to find that they had! We managed to hop on a train to Florence, checked out the city for a bit, and then made our way to Venice! The journeys were taken on two different trains. One was on a large normal carriage train that only had 2nd class, so we sat there and were surrounded by some interesting people, including a man who had been traveling for 7 years!  The train from Florence to Venice was a bit better as we were able to hop into first class and use plugs to keep everything charged up! (Which is always a bonus when you’re possibly addicted to the internet and various social outlets!)  All in all i found the journeys weren’t the sort of uncomfortable ones where you sit around looking at a watch, i found they were filled with interest as just looking out the windows showed amazing sights!  The train to Venice for example had amazing views when we hit the railway that connects venice to the mainland! The sun was shining, and loads of boats were out on the water so it looked amazing! I’m actually gutted that i spent more time staring and didn’t think to take a photo in time!  Taking pictures is one thing i think you need to be ready for when on a train in Europe, as i have been on this journey now! Some of the views are beautiful, and it often seems like you can see forever!

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities i’ve been to. As soon as i stepped out of the station there was a canal with water buses! This for me was an immediate one up on the roads you normally see exiting train stations! I found Venice was a bit of a maze, and it took us forever to find the hostel. The whole walk through venice was either through small side streets or alongside canals which was great! As you walk it’s kind of like you play Where’s Wally with the Gondola men wearing their red and white tops!

One of my favourite parts about Venice’s maze like streets was how easy it was to get lost! We went for a wander and got lost and ended up finding the most amazing square with full instrumental bands playing various songs like the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean, a tower with a view of loads of Venice and some awesome architecture all around! It was hard to go far in Venice without wanting to stop to take a picture of a canal, or a some amazing architecture on a building! The insane thing was that we wouldn’t have found any of it had we not got lost wandering around Venice in the hope of finding sites like that!

We learned in Venice was that overnight trains need to be booked a few nights in advance! We tried to book an overnight train from Venice to Paris for Monday night, and were informed that the train was “Fully booked for pass holders”. So obviously there are a limited number of beds and chairs that can be allocated to pass holders! This almost messed us up as it left us with the only option of leaving at lunchtime 14th and arriving at 11pm.. too late to really do anything! Let alone get to Amsterdam.

Fortunately Rail Europe have a handy little website that lets you search trains easy with schedules and i found out that it was possible to get an overnight train to Munich! There were no beds available which was a bit of a bummer as i’d wanted to hop into a bed ona  train, but they did have seats in a cabin that resembled the one you see on the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter with a closed door and 6 seats in their own cabin!  It was cool being in a closed cabin closer with 6 people as you find yourself talking a lot more, meeting people on public transport is amazing! You can meet so many awesome people with amazing stories! For example, i found out that ex US military get free / dead cheap flights from military airports if there is a plane headed out with space on! Insane!!!  The man that told us this had literally travelled the world and knew so many places in Europe that are off the Tourist trail, but worth visiting, which i think is a much better way to travel around Europe!

Another girl within our carriage was from Melbourne, and had been traveling for 9 months. She was on her way to Oktoberfest, something i’ll hopefully be able to get down for around the 18th!

Surprisingly i slept a lot on the train sat up! The only time i woke up was at the Austrian border as a man opened the door, turned on the lights and screamed “PASSPORTTTSSS!!!”. This was a moment i can only compare to one of those video games where your character falls asleep and then wakes up to some insane scenario where everyone else is awake panicking, whilst a ship sinks as you just wake up!.  In this case it was just a passport man, but as i dazily woke up i saw multiple people mouthing “Passport” to me and then looking up to some angry looking man. I thought he had a gun, but i think it was a scanner….

Things i didn’t know before i came to Italy
-Overnight trains fill up fast and not booking them ahead is a rookie mistake.
-Planning ahead for one linear route doesn’t work. You always need at least one back up plan! I could have been stuck in Pisa and Venice! Lesson learnt.
-Getting lost is the best way to find my own sights
-Hundreds of people are inter-railing. It’s actually ridiculous how much i underestimated this!
-European trains make some of the trains in the UK look like baggage transport for people.

Lessons learned from overnight train:
-Dry Shampoo is probably an awesome idea!
-Talking to strangers pays off as you learn so much!
-It’s actually not as hard sleeping on a seat in a train.
-Passport control people are crazy.

Anyway now i’m sat on a train to Dusseldorf as i mentioned! The rail passes Global Cool gave me are first class so we;ve been able to use the wifi and get free drinks on travels which is awesome! It is however filled with business people though, which has led to me being asked not to vlog or film by other passengers… so my footage so far consists of random shots in cities! Still power, reclining seats, and wifi balance out with not being able to film! Instead i’m just taking pictures out of the window. Check it!