Sunday, 18 November 2012
DVD review: Crazy, Stupid, Love
After Cal moves out he soon finds himself sitting at the same bar every night shouting and raving about his wife and David Lindhagen, played by Kevin Bacon. Soon enough Ryan Gosling's slick, quick witted Jacob offers him a deal, he will help him become a man again. You'd think the introduction of Ryan Gosling, an actor who typically makes a film about 40% better, would succeed in making the story more interesting but no, instead you spend the rest of the film questioning yourself whether he is gay or not and if he will actually start acting soon. The chemistry between Carrell and Gosling is at times no existent, although it is a pleasure to watch Carrell's Cal attempt to chat up woman with discussions about his wife, David Lindhagen and his children. The funniest parts of the films are down to Cal's son Robbie who is hopelessly in love with his babysitter Jessica who is actually in love with Cal, how funny a love triangle. Robbie's declarations of love for a babysitter four years older are awkwardly funny but still could have been funnier if the writers had cared abit more about their characters. The best aspect of Crazy, Stupid, Love is without doubt the inclusion of Emma Stone who brightens up the comedy instantly and her chemistry with Gosling is the most believable and emotional with belief that these two people are actually involved somehow.
To give away the plot twist that includes a fight on a makeshift mini golf course would be to ruin the film's plot but it doesn't really matter as you will probably be bored by the film by then. At the heart of the film there seems to have been, at one stage at least, a funny idea but between the ideas stage and the creation it got lost somewhere. Disappointing to see talent from the likes of Stone and Gosling wasted, I didn't particularly expect much more from Carrell who lost any credibility he had after Evan Almighty.