Thursday, April 24, 2008

Add This to Your Queue


Last night, I watched Lars and the Real Girl. I was a bit wary, as it's basically a movie about a guy who buys an anatomically correct doll and carts her around his small town as a real person, but really it's about loneliness, community and love.

Lars is a lonely guy who lives in his brother's garage. His sister-in-law works her ass off to make Lars comfortable and welcome, but he really just prefers isolation. When he receives his "girlfriend" Bianca, he feels more comfortable in the community. Of course, the community thinks he is freaking insane (uh, because he is), but they embrace Lars and Bianca in truly remarkable ways.

Ryan Gosling plays Lars as a wonderful man-child trying to work through his issues. You so sympathize with his character, you forget he's romancing a doll (Gosling was totally robbed of an Oscar nomination). The supporting cast is also wonderful and warm (I want to move to that small town...or I would if it didn't, you know, snow there). I absolutely loved it and I think you will, too.

9 comments:

Garney said...

It's the movie Frank Capra would make if he were alive today.

pistols at dawn said...

Pro: Ryan Gosling is a fantastic actor.

Con: the movie's premise sounds ludicrous and sappy, sorta like "The Majestic," which everyone says is good and it's Frank Darabont, but I fear wasting 2 hours of my life on treacle.

Maybe one day.

Red said...

Pistols: Whoa, whoa, whoa. LatRG is nothing like The Majestic. It's sweet, but not at all sappy. Like a Wes Anderson movie, without the snark.

And Ryan Gosling is never a waste of time.

Maybe if you find time in your busy winning-the-noble-prize schedule, you can check it out a see what I mean.

Liz said...

Hey now, things getting snippy on the GitW message boards!

pistols at dawn said...

I'm sure it's better than it looks. I'm also sure that someone who has seen the movie is a better judge of that movie than someone who has not.

But you have seen the trailers, right? Maybe I'm channeling my Boston days, but a guy who asked us all to accept his doll as a real person would have been called "retahded," "quee-a," or "mental," and we would have gone on about our lives without him.

It's all in the execution, and if you say it's good, I trust you on that. I just haven't seen a movie in six months, and these fears are enough to push it to #400 on the list to see when I get time, circa August 2011.

Red said...

God you crack me up.

He is mental. That's part of it, too.

I'm just saying, if someone says, "Hey! Let's watch Lars and the Real Girl" you could do a lot worse.

pistols at dawn said...

Duly noted, miss. Consider me off the usual fence and in the pro-seeing-this-movie camp.

Falwless said...

Red, I'm starting to believe that maybe I should just suck it up and turn into a lesbian, since you and I are clearly made for eachother.

BeckEye did a "15 Sexiest Actors" thing on her blog the other day and, being that my choices were between doing work or following in her footsteps, I, of course, opted for the latter. Only I never published it. All of this is to say that Ryan Gosling made the list. Half Nelson and Fracture made me a huge fan. He is a fucking phenomenal actor. I have wanted to see LatRG since I first heard of it, but alas, have not yet..

Just one more reason we should just throw up our arms and start practicing being gay with eachother.

Red said...

Fal: Well, we have our lesbian pact for when we turn 40, right? We can move up the deadline if you want. I'm kinda over finding a man at this point.