‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ is a Netflix project, which continues on from Zach Galifianakis hilarious ‘Funny or Die’ TV show on YouTube. The original TV show features Galifianakis as the host of a talk show where famous individuals are invited to answer a series of questions. Once the famous person has entered they are bombarded with the most awkward and inappropriate questions varying from why their films have bombed at the box-office, why no one likes them and how big their genitals are. Obviously the show itself is scripted but carries off the vibe of not being staged. Following the success of the show, a film has been made. It revolves around Galifianakis determination to interview ten celebrities across the country in a two week period or otherwise face the backlash of his show being cancelled by ‘Funny or Die’ founder Will Ferrell.
Upon hearing the news of the movie version of ‘Between Two Ferns’ I was apprehensive; I wasn’t sure how they could replicate what they achieve in such short videos via YouTube and prolong that over a feature movie length. Thankfully, they have mastered the ability to extend the premise to a longer length and still achieve tears of laughter whilst, at the same time, making you cringe so hard you curl in on yourself. Galifianakis, as always, when able to let loose and effectively play himself on screen is pain-in-the-belly funny. His ability to say what no other person would dare say to anyone else, let alone a celebrity, is comedy genius. Galifiankis’s deadpan face and soulless eyes manage to not just annoy fellow celebrities but to freak them out too.
The film manages to embrace what it says on the tin and embrace those hilarious aspects of the TV show – it doesn’t deviate from its original humour. It’s a great TV show which now also has a really funny movie to go alongside it. Watching the film really reminded me of all the funny moments from the YouTube series and made me want to watch them all over again. Saying that, the film does slightly start to sag towards the end but you are later rewarded with hilarious outtakes on the closing credits which remind you why you took the time to watch in the first place.
I wouldn’t necessarily say you have to see the TV show to understand the movie but it might ease you into the awkwardness you will experience in due time. Either way, if you have or haven’t seen the TV show, you will still want to check the movie out given it is one of the funniest films of this year!