Thursday, September 15, 2011
This is a movie that can best be described as good but not great. It is like the Patriots 16-0 regular season and then they lose in the Super Bowl. There are so many good things about this movie but there are several things that hold this movie back from being truly unforgettable. Everyone in the movie gives pretty amazing performances, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, and the young Devin Brochu are to credit for that. JGL gives one of the funniest performances I have ever seen, when he is standing in the kids house near the beginning of the movie and ask him, "Have you ever been skull fucked", I almost lost it. This movie is a full blown drama but that line almost brought me tears of laughter. This is a movie about a mourning family and a man who injects himself into their life and turns their lives upside down. JGL infuses this character with even parts crazy, smart, and wise to make this character who seems to care about nothing in the world but deep down he cares a lot but has no idea how to show it. The one thing that held this movie down was the inclusion of Portman, her character served only a small role and her character could have been completely eliminated and the story would not have changed much at all. I also have to mention Rainn Wilson, his performance is wonderful as a widower who is trying to keep it together for his son and you get to see his transformation through the movie and how he eventually regains his ability to be a good father. I would recommend this if you like dramedies because this movie is really not for everyone.