Monday, June 22, 2015
Must See Movie Monday - Lars and The Real Girl
Director: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner, Patricia Clarkson
Short Summary: I actually have trouble summarizing this movie in a short way with out it sounding creepy, and it isn't creepy. Thus, I found this lovely summary on IMDb. "Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved."
Why It's A Must See Movie
Yet again my love of independent film inspires me to add another indie film to the Must See Movie club of my mind. What I love about Lars and The Real Girl is that it takes an unusual premise that could have the potential to go awry, and actually manages turn out to be possibly one of the most adorable films ever. It is a unique film. You won't see anything like it and that is what makes it wonderful.
What I particularly like about this movie is how it shows the reactions of people. First of all I like how the camera work and editing shows how people are reacting to Lars' delusion. There is obviously a lot of awkwardness and surprise involved in the beginning. However, after awhile people get used to it. The way the film makers show that is awesome. It is also quite hilarious. Mostly because Lars is so oblivious to those reactions.
Another thing that is great about reactions in the film is the reaction of the characters in the plot. When Lars' psychologist tells everyone to go along with his delusion the town supports him and gets behind the idea. It would have been very easy for people to lack understanding or be cruel to him, but they aren't. Because of this everyone in the film learns about compassion and Lars learns that getting close to real people isn't as bad as he thought it would be. Both of these are endearing and important lessons that we all should think about and learn.
This is one of the few movies that makes me laugh and cry in the time span of the film. I laugh at films quite often but I don't cry at films very often. I think this shows how excellent the actors are at showing emotional depth. Also they have to get additional points for acting with a doll and still managing to stay in character. Haha!
So if you are looking to watch something both funny and thought provoking you might want to give Lars and The Real Girl and try. I made my mom watch it for the first time last night, and she thought it was adorable. Maybe you will too.