In case you are stumbling on this blog just now, know that I’m a big fan of The Hunger Games franchise. I loved the first movie when it came out, I loved the second one even more and no amount of drama with Lawrence could have kept me away from the third installment. Therefore, you can imagine the little old me anticipating this one with quiet anticipation until I had to endure two hours of almost nothing because why make one when you can make two!
For those who are frequent visitors on my blog, the highest rating for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature debut Don Jon probably doesn’t come as a surprise – I adore that man! I have even gone as far as calling him my boy and in my eyes he can do no wrong (except Premium Rush but let’s not bring that up again). So, due to my affection towards Joe, I decided not to pressure myself into loving the movie and instead of having extremely high expectations for Don Jon, I just wanted to celebrate his first movie – and I did!
I have a soft spot for movies that tell a story about a writer or writers. So I was especially thrilled when I saw this trailer and did some research – so excited now. Being Flynn is actually a movie based on a memoir written by Nick Flynn “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” – this would make an excellent movie title but they changed it, I wonder why. Robert De Niro plays the father figure, Julianne Moore the mother and Paul Dano represents Flynn himself. It seems like a serious tale of boy meets father but it gives an impression of sarcasm as well. One thing is sure, I’ll be watching this cause I always find myself somehow relating to the writer characters – Being Flynn premiers next year but I couldn’t find any specific dates.
PS: If somebody wants desperately to give me something for Christmas, the book featured in this post as a “movie poster” would be nice. It is available in Estonia, I already checked, and it will fit into my book-to-movie collection just perfectly.
Without further ado, I present you my favorite romantic comedy of the year! Brilliant cast, nice story-lines and a twist that I wasn’t expecting. Maybe I was slow that day but I’m rather happy I didn’t expect it because it gave the movie so much more in the end. If I had googled the movie before I went to see it I would’ve seen the twist before hand so I do not recommend doing that. Much more fun to find out during the movie.
It’s even hard to tell something about this movie’s story without spoiling something but the easiest way is to say it is a movie about two different love affairs: one between a wife and a husband, the other between a experienced man and his lovers. First couple is of course the lovely Steven Carell and Julianne Moore: they brake up in the beginning and Steven’s character seeks help from a ladies man played by Ryan Gosling. His conquests of course need to come to an end with the lovely Emma Stone who of course is always funny and charming.
These four bring the main stories but there is also the story of the married couples son who is in love with his babysitter who is in love with Steven’s character. Yes, there is this whole drama around Steven’s character that pretty much holds the movie up on its feet and makes it funny. I do think that it is as good as a romantic comedy can get, although a little weird at times, it seemed logical and realistic enough to make it so far my favorite comedy of this year. Although there is a movie that comes really close but lacks the sophistication of Crazy, Stupid, Love. It isn’t corny because the acting doesn’t let it go that far – Steven and Ryan are brilliant in what they do while Julianne and Emma are both great in matching them. Some of the scenes felt really real thanks to their chemistry and by that I mean especially Ryan and Emma – just lovely!
No surprise that the stories are good, the writer Dan Fogelman has written many great things over the years – Cars for example and Tangled (which I liked a lot). Both have high scores on IMDb and Crazy Stupid Love is no different – 7,9 on IMDb and 4,5 out of 5 from me makes this a great entertainment like on a Friday night at home with friends! This has mixed reviews though, a little of both opinions about it but as far as I think it was much better than the average rom-com. (A bit Easy A type as I come to think of it but I just might be thinking too much about Emma Stone.)
Another long wait for me with this new romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love which stars many of my favorites: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore and the always great Kevin Bacon. So the list of stars is rather awesome and what looks like to be a Hitch (2005 Will Smith movie) like movie with a man who knows everything about women (Gosling) helping a guy who has just gotten a divorce (Carell) to get back on the saddle while falling in love himself. I hope that it turns out great and this just means there are two romcom’s coming this summer that are worth the long wait. The script might be good as well since it’s written by the same guy who wrote Tangled (2010) and directors are the same who were behind I Love You, Phillip Morris. Crazy Stupid Love comes out on July 29th.
I was happily pleased when I watched The Kids Are All Right with Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. The story is definitely not something you find from fairytale books, a lesbian couple who has two kids, have to face new obstacles when the kids look up their father. This isn’t something that happens everyday and I found it to be very refreshing. IMDb gives this a 7,4 score but I think it deserves better but considering that it goes against a lot of morals (being gay and watching gay porn and cheating) I doubt that everybody is going to like it. Not a problem for me, give me a gay married couple, lots of inappropriate biker porn scenes and I’m gonna laugh my head off.
I find it funny that I like comedies that are a bit sarcastic and ironic at the same time, the situations that make me laugh are usually the ones that make the characters in that scene sad or disappointed. I guess humor that doesn’t come in bunch-lines is much more realistic and The Kids Are All Right was all about that.
Julianne Moore and Annette Bening gave a very believable performance and so did Mark Ruffalo but what else to expect from those who have done this for years. Mia Wasikowska who needs to choose an easier name was at her best also I think. I’ve only seen her in Alice in Wonderland and waiting to see her in Restless but so far she seems to be rather good and better than most teenage actresses I know. Josh Hutcerson’s name is unfamiliar for me but I have seen him from somewhere, the face is too cute to forget and too cute to remember.
So all in all the movie was an absolute favorite from last year, best comedy I saw I think and it just shows that I like comedy/drama – ironic/sarcastic etc. Humor that doesn’t hit you hard in the face but is rather solid life-like and makes you wonder if your own life is that ridicilously funny when it would be a movie. 4 out of 5 because I am programmed not to give 5 out of 5, I don’t know why.