10 January 2012
Movie: Crazy Stupid Love
I expected the comedy to be played a lot bigger, but once I got past my expectations (as I always must) I was able to really enjoy the story. It's hilarious and has a ton of heart. Something that really struck me is that I cared about all the characters and all of the story lines. The combination of great script and great cast meant that every joke was real. There were no moments that were in there just because there weren't enough jokes in the scene (these are the kinds of jokes that jar me from the story). Even the thirteen year old mooning after his babysitter... I laughed so hard, but I cared so much.
I loved the break into act three, where Steve Carell's character makes this big romantic gesture. This is a staple in romantic comedies, where the main character gets the girl, but in Crazy Stupid Love, it is the point where all three of the storylines crash together and seem to go up in flames. It was hilarious and then perfectly transitioned to the point where the main character loses everything and we don't know if the character can get it together for the end of the movie. It is a perfect example of how to keep genre expectations fresh.
Also, it doesn't hurt that Ryan Gossling is one of my favorite actors. Besides being the most beautiful man I will most likely never see in person, I think he had the best performance of all the (amazing) actors in this film. I was beyond impressed. He made me laugh at all the right times and his transformation from smooth player to nice guy in love was completely believable. The entire movie would not have worked if Gossling hadn't been able to make me believe he had changed.
This is definitely a film I would love to see again. Probably with a stop watch next time.