Chicago has been very kind to us non-AC have-rs this summer. So I guess it’s throwing one last bone to those Chicagoans who celebrate the fact that our city used to be a swamp. Which means I had an excuse to go to the Landmark last night. I chose In A World out of some delightful options, mostly because it started earlier than the others. But I really liked it.
Somewhat ironically, as the whole plot follows the trials and tribulations of movie trailer voice over artists, I feel like I saw all my favorite parts of this movie in the trailer. That’s not to say that this movie isn’t worth seeing. It totally is, it’s a warm, genuinely funny romantic comedy. The emotional stakes are real. Particularly in the subplot with Michaela Watkins and Rob Corddry as the central character’s sister and brother-in-law going through a marital crisis.
Generally I believed that all of these people were real, but I had a little bit of trouble trying to figure out if I was supposed to hate Ken Marino’s character. He plays a-holes so often and everyone in the world of the movie seemed to hate him, but I found his Gustav sort of oddly charming. (Not as oddly charming as Demetri Martin, but that’s probably impossible.)
I must take a moment though, because I am me, to celebrate how feminist this movie was while still being hilarious. Written, directed, and starred in by Lake Bell the movie treats all its characters as full, awkward characters. Essentially the whole moral of the story here is to get women to stop the “sexy baby, uptalking” and though that might seem a little preachy I must say I agree with Bell (and the amazing Geena Davis who shows up in a delightful cameo here) that we (as in American women of the 21st century) are better than that baby talk – “let’s make a statement.”