Craig Gillespie's Lars and the Real Girl is a film that could have soared but by the end is only “pretty good” in my opinion. The film is sometimes maddening because you wish they would have fleshed out certain scenes and sequences… play them out for all their worth. Still, the film very much worth seeing.
Ryan Gosling continues to prove that he’s one of the best actor’s of his generation with a performance that truly carries the film. Casting any other actor other than Gosling in the role of Lars might have been devastating to the picture. Gosling brings a certain weight and sweetness to the role than could have been turned into a stereotypical lunatic.
I also had the opportunity yesterday to watch Charlie Bartlett. The film starts out pretty fine but quickly beings to wallow in sloppy writing and fucking awful characters. The suicide of one particular character is handled so badly that you wonder if the scene wasn’t shot by a child.
It can be missed.