Wonderfully offbeat film!
One of my all time favorites.
Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
A well written, well acted and a really well directed comedy. Gosling and Crowe have one the best on screen chemistry I've ever seen. There is a little kid in this movie and in other movies it is something that I would usually find very cheap, unoriginal and manipulative but in this movie she's not annoying and it works. This movie is not ashamed to be a laugh out loud comedy and it's really a breath of fresh air to see an unpretentious comedy in quite a while especially in the time when La La Land is thought to be the greatest comedy of the year.
Although it appears as a pilot for a TV series (since it screams for sequel(s)), this movie can remain "as is". It is fun to watch, most of the time something happens, some dark jokes and the "dynamic duo". Mr. Gosling finally shows his acting abilities (pretty good, for that matter) and Mr. Crowe' s art is not affected by aging. On the contrary. He does not have to be some Roman general to do his job with excellency. Story is a bit mumbo-jumbo, but direction is good. Also, the Australian girl (Angourie Rice) has a bright future, if she does not blow it. Yaya DaCosta is beautiful and Ms. Basinger still has it. All in all, worth your time. Go for it.
In this age where every modern movie is a sequel or based on something else, it's great that we have a look at something brand new. This is one of the best comedies in recent years and everyone seems to agree with me. I'm reminded of what made films like "Hot Shots: Part Deux" so funny was because the main characters play the goofy series straight. That's exactly what Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling do here. We get our first great joke of the movie when a car crashes through a house. What's great is that there's so much going on in this movie.You just have no idea what will show up next. The one moment that really made me jump in my seat was when a giant bee appeared in the backseat! It's a dream, by the way. There's all sorts of jokes used here, although slapstick comes off as the most prominent. The weird thing is that I saw the first half of this movie on an airplane. I was watching this weird edited version for some reason. Why would a movie shown on an airplane screen be edited? You're the only one who hears it! The few moments where the characters yell are especially funny because they're usually so calm. It's hard to make a good comedy two hours long, but they have enough jokes to support the whole running time. I wish this movie had become as popular as something like "Borat". It might just be the funniest film of this entire decade. ****
Some good laughs and wacky changes of fortune in this buddy comedy that works because Crowe and Gosling have good chemistry together. Sure there are way too many convenient coincidences in the plot and the ending goes a little over the top, but it was still fun and NOT another comic book movie, so give it a go.