I never watched Between Two Ferns, the YouTube clips made by Zach Galifianakis where he interviews famous people as a gormless, mean version of himself. Not intentionally, I just rarely sit down and watch YouTube series.
I get it, the silliness, the uncomfortable joy of watching famous people called out, even the frustration at the really unnecessarily mean comments. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as a film, I’m still not quite sure why I watched it… and yet, I enjoyed it a lot. So dumb. So silly. So fun.
There are some films that I really think don’t need to be made – and I guess what I mean by that is that there are people who can be really fabulously clever and funny, and it’s disappointing when you see something that is less than great from them. Masterminds is one of those films. It’s a ridiculous film based on a real story. Though surely the real story is not so absurd.
Zach Galifanakis stars as David Ghantt, a man with a terrible haircut, not much brainpower and who works for an armoured car company. Engaged to the strangely insane Jandice (Kate McKinnon), he is briefly partnered with a woman who he develops a deep crush on, Kelly (Kristen Wiig). So when she, after leaving the job, decides to convince him to rob a van, he goes happily along to do this, in the stupidest possible way, with his unknown sidekicks lead by Steve(Owen Wilson).
There’s some humour here. Silly, bad hair, spider eating humour. But really, it’s a dud. It’s like this is a script that should have been workshopped a lot more, perhaps something could have been made of it. Instead, it’s a bit of silly fun that is several levels below what most of the cast can do, and it was really disappointing.