Rain is such a cliche
The majority of romantic comedies manufactured in recent years are so contrived and forced, swimming in layers of sweet words that it feels you get a diabetes just by being a passive witness. The happy ending stories have been stripped of any trace of humanity while logic has left the room ages ago too. It’s almost an insult at least for your wallet.
After watching a disaster for 90 minutes you’re certain you’re boyfriend doesn’t love you enough, do the right things or in case you’re single you just wanna hide in a corner and turn off the light. Instead of eating a slice of good entertainment you feel miserable and after half an hour most of the film is erased from your head.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” is a refreshing surprise. You can definitely relate to the story whether it’s the young couple, the nanny infatuated with an older man, the divorcing couple, the lonely crazy teacher or the teenager in love with its nanny. Some of the lines are funny and sharp delivered when you least expect them. After a bad event it’s raining and Robo the teenager says “What a cliche” and you feel so relieved.
When Ryan Gosling didn’t grabbed an Oscar nomination for his breathtaking performance in “Blue Valentine” I was very disappointed. Not that I’m expecting a whole lot from the Academy’ choices. It was just sad. Gosling already has an Oscar nomination for “Half Nelson” and built a reputation of being extremely selective with new projects. He was staying away from pitiful compromises. That’s why I guess there was a 3 year gap between “Lars and the Real Girl” and “Blue Valentine”. Of course there were his music dreams too and Dead Man Bones managed to be original and low key in the same time.
But the Academy is always “sensitive” to box office numbers and the independent films Gosling was picking were not relevant in that sense. So I guess Gosling decided to change his approach a little bit and try new things too.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” is a romantic comedy and Ryan plays Jacob a typical Don Juan. The cast includes Steve Carell and Julianne Moore and Ryan said that he always wanted to work with Carell. Thank God the script is not brain washed and it has its twists and genuine, real moments. For Ryan it’s not a role that requires a lot of effort but he’s not disappointing us. He never has. If the masses will love “Crazy, Stupid, Love” then the Academy won’t be able to turn his back against him next time he’ll dazzle us with his acting skills. It makes sense.