In the spirit of our March Madness picks we did a few months back, we’re going to try out a co-written feature called “Number 1’s”. Each week, we will pick a new topic each week and we’ll each pick our favorite and leave it up to you to decide which pick is superior.
For our inaugural selections, we’ve gone with Movie Duos. Some character pairings go together like marijuana and Nutella, so here’s what we’ve picked as the cream of the crop.
Dan’s Pick: Harry and Lloyd, Dumb and Dumber
What Harry and Lloyd (played by Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey respectively) lack in brains and overall lifestyle they more than make up for it in heart. These two simpletons always have each other’s backs no matter what the cost, even if they don’t know what they are. Taking a trip across country with these two would certainly spell disaster for anyone unfortunate enough to cross their paths (such as being accidentally fed poison instead of ulcer pills) but it would be one hell of an adventure. These two guys are the kind of friends you would want to hang out with: no super powers, no quest to bring justice to the universe. They’re a couple of regular guys trying to open up a worm farm. Just like the rest of us!
Mark’s Pick: Doc Brown and Marty McFly, Back to the Future
Duos are essential to the instant recognizability of a film. During my lifetime, I have discovered and beloved many classic pairings, such as Rocky and Mickey, Turner and Hooch and Gordon Bombay and Charlie Conway. But there was only one that I can call my first: Marty and Doc. The time-travelling teenager and his brilliant but underappreciated scientist friend jump started my earliest thoughts of what would I do if I could go back in time. I wore out many VHS watching the adventures of these iconic characters played by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Outside of their obviously great contributions to Hollywood, they have also inspired many current scientists to pursue their careers, and when these scientists find the cure for cancer, we have no one else to thank Marty McFly and Doctor Emmett Brown. This is why they are the best duo in film.
Anthony’s Pick: Riggs and Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon may not be the first buddy cop film in existence, but it sure as hell became the gold standard of the genre, and the chemistry between Riggs and Murtaugh is the main reason behind its success. It’s undeniable how well Mel Gibson and Danny Glover play off each other and the truly set the high water mark for what the old cop-new cop dynamic could be. They struck the perfect balance between Riggs’ loose cannon persona and Murtaugh’s conservative “gettin’ too old for this shit” mentality. It’s the polar opposite dynamic that creates the give and take of the relationship and, through at least the first two movies, creates some of the plot tension. It’s a relationship that truly moves the story along whether they are at odds with one another or rescuing the other from an exploding toilet.