Motion picture Critique – Balls of Fury

Thanks to Saturday Night Are living, Christopher Walken has reinvented himself as a comedic actor. His “Additional Cowbell” sketch is legendary, and the “Finest of Christopher Walken” DVD has been a top seller. Walken appeared in previous year’s Adam Sandler distant management comedy, “Click,” and he also was married to John Travolta in the big screen version of “Hairspray” earlier this year. This 7 days, Walken is back in what could be his strangest job to date in “Balls of Fury.”

The movie facilities on Randy Daytona (performed by Tony Award winner Dan Fogler), a youngster ping-pong prodigy that was the star of the 1988 Olympic Video games, (not in serious lifetime, just in the movie). Daytona’s father locations a wager on his son’s championship match, which finishes up costing Randy the video game, and his father his lifetime. Randy is disgraced and spends the following 19 a long time carrying out ping-pong tips in Reno.

Flash forward to the existing, and the FBI is hoping to bust a Chinese crime lord named Feng, (performed by Christopher Walken). Feng also occurs to be the a single guiding Randy’s father’s loss of life and is a Big ping-pong fan. Feng is holding an invitation only ping-pong tournament and the feds recruit Randy to go in as their mole to bust Feng and get his revenge for the dying of his father.

An motion-craving FBI agent, (performed by George Lopez), a blind ping-pong trainer and his niece, (James Hong and Maggie Q.), round out our group of heroes in this slap-adhere comedy.

“Balls of Fury” is “Enter the Dragon” satisfies “Sizzling Photographs,” but it will not fare almost as well as both of these two films. The humor is mostly physical, and will get old fairly quickly. Fogler is respectable as the washed up ping-pong participant, and George Lopez is as humorous as he can be in his constrained purpose. The significant disappointment for me, nevertheless, was Walken. It seemed like he never definitely obtained a take care of on his character of Feng. He is playing a Chinese crime lord, but he is dressed like Gary Oldman in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” And, he is not Chinese! Possibly which is component of the gag, but it is really not really funny. He also provides his traces in a selection of approaches – ranging from raspy and guttural to Liberace-like. The base line is that I hardly ever bought him as the undesirable male.

The climactic scene is above-the-major and absurd, with Feng and Daytona participating in a life-or-loss of life match of ping-pong…with no desk. It will make no feeling at all.

So, need to you “go see it,” “wait for the DVD,” or “skip it?”

I am likely with “wait around for the DVD,” or it’s possible even HBO.