Let’s talk about Ryan Gosling for a moment, shall we? He’s one of those actors who flew under my radar for the past decade, even though his “breakout role” was supposedly in 2000′s Remember the Titans. I saw that film and don’t remember his part — I had to look up film images and still couldn’t really place him. In 2006, however, Gosling forced me to pay attention with Half Nelson, and did so again more recently with Blue Valentine. Before those films, the only times I remember being even remotely conscious of the ex-Mickey Mouse Club actor was when I thought it was weird that he was dating Sandra Bullock back in 2002 (they co-starred in Murder By Numbers, and she’s 16 years his senior). Shortly thereafter I was totally anti-Notebook and became quickly annoyed by Gosling and co-star Rachel McAdams’ real-life romance, which dominated gossip-mag headlines for the better part of four years.
Now, however, I think that Gosling is the man. He was beyond astonishing in Blue Valentine, and from all the buzz I heard out of Cannes, his upcoming film Drive (directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who won the festival’s Best Director Prize), about a stuntman who drives getaway cars on the side, is not to be missed. I’m also looking forward to seeing him, George Clooney, and Paul Giamatti in The Ides of March, a political drama which will hit theaters this fall and was partially filmed on my old college campus (the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor — I missed production by one day during a recent trip home, DAH!).
But before Drive and The Ides of March comes Crazy, Stupid, Love. (the period’s a part of the film title — lame) on July 29. In this one, Gosling fully embraces his studliness and plays a mentor-of-sorts to Steve Carell, who suddenly finds himself back on the dating scene after his wife leaves him for Kevin Bacon.
I’ve seen this trailer several times at the theater, and the “Photoshopped abs” part at the end never fails to get laughs. I think Crazy, Stupid, Love. looks like it could be really good, and I’m personally thankful to see Steve Carell flex his dramatic chops a little bit after growing so tired of him as Michael Scott on The Office. I think back to Dan in Real Life and Little Miss Sunshine — in both films it was apparent that Carell can do much more than just crack jokes and smirk. I’ve missed that from him these past four years.
So how do you think Crazy, Stupid, Love. looks? And are you as bitter about its title punctuation as I am? (Probably not.)
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