11 December 2011

Crazy, Stupid, Love (Glenn Ficarra, John Requa 2011)

Crazy Stupid Love directed by Glen Ficarra and John Requa (2011) is an absolutely funny, romantic comedy. While the movie consisted of a few well known actors and actresses, they all combined their wit and talent to create a movie that attracts to both men and females. Crazy stupid love brings laughter, tears and joy as you go along the journey of a husband (Steve Carell) who is facing mid-life crisis and under divorce with his wife (Julianne Moore). Steve Carell’s character gets caught up in the bar scene and gets mentored by the handsome and charming (Ryan Gosling) on how to “get women”, only to realize that sleeping with different women is temporary fun but loving his wife is where his heart lies.

The mise en scene presented in the movie adds spunk and total representation of the impressions the movie is trying to depict. The home in which Steve and Julianne’s character lives in is beautiful and so “homey”. The house brings a feeling of comfort, love and being complete. The bar scene in which Steve starts going to every night once going through the separation is dark, seductive and gloomy. The bar gives off the impression of feeling young and free; if you are looking for a temporary glimpse of happiness you will find it at this bar. All the people in this bar are good looking and seeking to find that “special someone.”

Comparing the two scenarios gives an understanding to the audience where, without even saying it, Steve’s happiness really lies. “Home is where the heart is”, is a common saying you hear; this movie fully shows that’s where Steve’s happiness truly is. The home is bright, beautiful and peaceful. The bar is the “night life” but also depicts loneliness and temporary fulfillment. The audience never really sees happiness in this place. It is very apparent and clear the cinematography present in this film lets the audience experience how each character is feeling through their non verbal actions.

Crazy Stupid Love is one of my favorite movies and I feel that it brought a lot of life and perspective into the movie industry. It is quite humorous how a movie that is just seen as a romantic comedy can bring such life and multiple lessons into play. The scene, color and actors and actresses really contributed to this film to bring enjoyment. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone, even if you are not big on romance or comedy.

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