Just finished watching: Lola Versus
File under: Generally disappointing, See also: Even more disappointing compared to Breaking Upwards.
Here are my jumbled thoughts…
I really wanted to love this movie, especially after realizing it was co-written by Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein (I absolutely love Breaking Upwards). Plus I love Lister Jones and Hamish Linklater (Amazing in The Future and yes I totally dug his work on New Adventures of Old Christine). So…I went into this with a lot of love.
I found parts to enjoy, because who can deny Greta Gerwig’s charm, but as a whole it just felt so unbearably typical. I was even able to blindly recite a few of lines with the movie.
It’s no wonder I didn’t realize who the writers were until halfway through. Breaking Upwards was full of so much raw emotion. Here everything felt like it came straight out of a mold that could have been written by anyone. Girl loses guy, girl thinks she needs guy, looks for guy but finds herself. I didn’t just not care about the characters, I never felt like I knew them past their character type.
I feel bad that I tore this apart. I am hopeful Lister Jones and Wein will write another movie I’ll love. It’s just not this one.
My advice…If you want to see Greta Gerwin find herself, just watch Frances Ha instead.
P.S. What was up with Joel Kinnaman? It was like he was on sedatives. I’ve seen The Killing. I know he can act.