I went in ready for some fluffy romantic comedy fun–(starring some of my favorite people)–and by the end, I was in LOVE with Crazy, Stupid, Love. Refreshingly, it does not follow a formula, instead it chooses to follow a man’s journey to try to understand this thing we call love. The cast is pitch perfect and the writing is funny and full of heart. But what sells this is the chemistry between its talented stars.
Steve Carell continues to impress. He has this amazing ability to become the average man, yet remains wickedly sharp. Ryan Gosling is fantastic! (One of my favorites.) Gosling has turned in some incredible performances and here he uses his skill to add little details that add depth to his womanizing alpha male. Add the always wonderful Julianne Moore, the charming Emma Stone, who I have a crush on and the young, scene stealing Jonah Bobo –and you have an unforgettable ensemble.
I felt connected to these characters. I felt their pain and loneliness. I shared in their love. I laughed with them and felt their embarrassment. That’s a huge accomplishment for a 2 hour movie to make. I will praise the directors, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and the screenwriter, Dan Fogelman for that. Bravo!
I will boldly say you will fall in love with this film, too. Really? Yes, I believe in it that much. Let’s call it faith…faith in love.