It is not an overstatement to say that ‘Ferrell Takes the Field’ is one of the funniest things that Will Ferrell has done in years. Though this isn’t too big of a boast considering most of his recent work has been more avant garde than rolling on the floor funny. While this somewhat short documentary isn’t a homerun (I couldn’t resist) it is still an entertaining watch.
Somewhere between documentary and mockumentary the film finds Ferrell well within his element. Having made quite a few sports themed movies it shouldn’t be a big surprise that Ferrell would find his way into a movie about baseball. The schtick is pretty straightforward: Ferrell, in the quasi character of an old journeyman baseball player, participates in five different baseball games for ten different teams, playing different positions each time.
Watching a 47-year-old attempt to keep up with Major League Baseball players is pretty amusing. Ferrell’s interactions with the players (many of whom do a bit of character acting themselves in the film) can be pretty funny. Despite this it never really has any over the top hilarious moments, instead relying on a slow and painstakingly steady humor.
At only about fifty minutes the entire thing is a pretty short ride. This is probably for the best, as by the end the whole idea has pretty much run its course. ‘Ferrell Takes the Field’ is worth a watch, especially if you’re a baseball fan, but unfortunately it is probably going to end up one of Will Ferrell’s more forgettable projects.