Friday, August 30, 2013

Go See "In A World"!

The Spectacular Now is pretty heavy, so if you're in the mood for something lighter, check out In A World. The concept is weirdly original (for a movie about the film industry), a voice-over legend's daughter also works in voice-over, and tries to find success in the industry, very much without her father's support. Here's the trailer:

Doesn't it look like so much fun? Spoiler alert: it IS so much fun!

There are several things I love about this movie. It has a slow comedic burn, letting you adjust to the setting and characters before the jokes and set pieces really start rolling in. The secondary characters are all super unique and weird and funny in a way that's unique and fun. The relationship that the main character and her sister have is so supportive and great. It feels very real and positive. The B-plot with the sister and her husband is really well-done, too, which is a relief because it could have been a mess. The main character is really fun - she's weird not "quirky", she has strong goals, she makes strong choices (even if they're done in a subtle way), and she feels real. I get her. The dad and the voice-over rival are both delightfully douche-y without being contemptible. Overall, great writing, acting, direction, and most importantly (for a comedy), it's funny with a great story! So go see it!

Oh, and if anyone else picks up on the director of the Amazonian movie also being the Irish guy in the hotel but there never being a payoff for noticing that, let me know what you think. I'm not sure if it's just a funny coincidence that's never brought up intentionally, or if there was a payoff that got cut. Interesting!

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