Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My wife and I watched a quirky romantic comedy last night titled "Lars and the Real Girl."  I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of vulgarity and the dryness of the humor.  It sort of caught me off guard.  It was deeper than its surface and its romantic elements were adorable. 

It left me pondering, though.  I don't want to give too much of the movie away to those who may not be familiar with it.  However, I can say that the core of the conflict came from a man's journey into a delusion and then out again.  It was this trip that sparked my imagination.  The screenwriter chose an offbeat way of expressing a human condition.  Specifically, how do people cope with emotional pain, emotional apathy when they have been raised in a single parent household where the adult is seriously depressed?

Its not your everyday movie theme, that's for sure, and to frame it in the comedic light in which this movie is set strikes a strange chord.  It illuminates and heightens the irony and escallation of the ridiculous.  At the same time, the audience is subjected to an intense feeling of compassion for this individual.  Remarkably, a sense of human esprit d'acord erupts as we venture deeper into this bizarre world.  We are captivated by the reality that springs from a delusion, as an individual delusion transforms into a community delusion.  And it is all because of love. 

I can recommend this movie, although I understand that is not for everyone.  If you were entertained by Napolean Dynamite or O Brother, Where Art Thou, then you may like this movie.  It is extremely Canadian in its humor, so if you like British humor, you will probably enjoy this as well. 

If you have watched the movie or watch it on my recommendation, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.