This weekend I got the pleasure to see In A World… with Mindy. Thanks Kelsy for the recommendation.
The movie is about a female voice over artist breaking in to a male dominated field. One part indy flick, one part rom-com, all hilarious.
The good; Lake Bell’s signature is all over this film, she wrote, directed and stars in this delightful film.
You really connect with Carol (Lake Bell) as a character, her motivations are universal and grounded. She wants to make it on her own and at the same time gain her father’s approval. The story is nothing new here, it’s the underdog fighting for what they believe in, but what makes In A World… stand out above all the others is in its execution of this story, it’s very much focused on character and characters.
At no point in this movie did I feel the humor was forced, the comedy just came out naturally and at the right time. Just life situations and how the characters deal with them, awkwardly or not.
That pacing was also great, every scene was needed and didn’t feel too lengthy.
The bad; if I have to put anything here, it’s that this film is in limited release. I want to recommend it to everyone, but not all will be able to view this in their local theatre.
Also, this could be a negative thing, there are a lot of names in this movie (Demetri Martin, Eva Longoria, Ken Marino, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman, Geena Davis…) the cast list alone might be misleading to the uneducated movie goer. They may be expecting an SNL type comedy film, when they’re gonna be getting this well crafted experience instead.
Overall, I highly recommend In A World…, one of my picks for best picture nominee. Lake Bell hits it out of the park on all fronts.