Review: Ferrell, Reynolds Get ‘Spirited In Holiday Musical

Review: Ferrell, Reynolds Get ‘Spirited In Holiday Musical

The Devil is promoting The Possessed, a remake of A Christmas Carol starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. With songs from The Greatest Showman duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, choreographed dance routines and full of special effects, Spiritual is a maximalist production that spares no expense in a genuine desire to have fun. Honesty isn't necessarily a bad thing—if you want to make a holiday musical with Apple's money, you can do anything, right?

Besides, you think that if you're going to make the great musical that the best directors seem to dream of, you don't need anyone making jokes. whenever another character is about to start a song. But this is the paradox of the "spiritual", who wants to be everything to everyone. However, the most egregious sin is that no one knows how to effectively shoot a great choreographed dance number. Sometimes it feels like you're watching a live show that hasn't been rehearsed, with camera moves and cuts if you mix up the songs, dancers and sets.

However, despite the fact that "Spirited" is not a musical, it is quite funny. Maybe it's because it's so full of everything else; if one part doesn't quite work, there's plenty to try on the four-square buffet. Alongside the downloads are Christmas Past (Sunita Mani), Christmas Yet-to-Come (Lauren Woods with vocals by Tracey Morgan), easy-to-digest pop ballads and sweet songs from Pasek and Paul. Voiced by Octavia Spencer.

Ferrell has already written his Christmas cinematic legacy with Elf, which turns 20 next year. Others might have cashed in after such a break, but Ferrell appears to have exercised his judgment before embarking on another regular season game. Then Sean Anders, who directed Father's House and its sequel, came up with the idea of ​​reimagining A Christmas Carol from a ghostly perspective. This will be the "Ghost of Christmas Present", which is part of a larger operation that replaces Scrooge's people every year with their ghosts. "Now", as they call it for a long time, the retirement that the company's human resources management wants to remind him. (This is only used as a joke, but the very idea that there are human resources in this Operation Eternal Sky is horrifying and depressing.)

But Present still doesn't think his work is done and is taking aim at Reynolds' Clint Briggs, a media consultant who made his fortune selling hate, controversy, misinformation and outrage for his clients, from pop stars to the presidents. National Christmas Tree Association. We meet him as he introduces the last group to a Christmas song and dance, in one part of which Professor Harold Hill sings "Ya Got Trouble" and in another Billy Flynn from Chicago shows how they put their hands together. Reynolds also does a good job, although Rex Harrison looks more like his friendly nemesis Hugh Jackman than the classic Broadway guy who "talks in a key school."

Clint will be tough with Real, but "irreparable". Since this movie is constantly apologetic, Broadway veteran Patrick Page as Jacob Marley explains to Clint what's going to happen and that, yes, it's "like a Dickens book, a Bill Murray and every other adjustment that no one asked for." said about. “But Ferrell still plays the wide-eyed innocent to the slippery conspiracy theorist Reynolds: a comedic combination that may be familiar but funny, and both stars seem up for anything.

Following the short film, Spirited will air on Apple TV+ starting November 18, which is good for families looking for fun holiday entertainment. Parents can watch a PG-13 movie before deciding who to watch, and everyone can eat popcorn for 2 hours, which you'll also forgive because it's the holidays and Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds literally sing and dance.

Soulful, which opens in theaters on Apple TV+ on Friday and airs Nov. 18, received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association for language, some suggestive elements and thematic elements. Duration: 127 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.

MPA Definition PG-13: Recommended for parents. Some content may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.

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The cast of Spirited play the Christmas theme from "I Never Ever."

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