Lars and the Real Girl seems fake, but gets real
Who Should See It: Anyone who used to check if Barbie was anatomically correct
Who Shouldn’t See It: Anyone terrified by My Sized Barbie
Picture it; you have finally met the significant other of your dreams. Now, you want to show her off to world. However, there is a small catch because she is a little shy, quiet, and made completely out of plastic!
Such is the story of “Lars and the Real Girl,” which stars Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom who becomes slightly depressed after the death of his mother. Lars and his brother Gus decide to continue living with their widowed father. Gus hates it. Lars loves it.
After their father passes, the brothers move into a home. Gus lives in the home; Lars lives in the garage. Soon, both brothers attempt to move on. Gus gets a wife. Lars gets a life sized doll on the Internet.
This might seem like the premise for another raunchy Farrelly brother’s comedy, but luckily that is not the case. “Lars and the Real Girl” has more heart than any other film I have seen this year.
Although it takes a little faith from the audience to believe that Lars is actually in love with a doll, Gosling’s performance makes it completely believable – he is both earnest and reserved – reminding me most of my three year old nephew, who hides behind my sister if approached by anything new. With only a nervous twitch and a blink, the pain he hides from the world is carefully depicted. In a year with acclaimed films featuring strong men, (Michael Clayton, “No Country for Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood)” “Lars and the Real Girl” sticks out with a believable reserved main character.
In addition to Gosling, the rest the cast gives a great performance as they work to support Lars. However, one exclusion would be Bianca the life sized doll mentioned before. In my opinion, her acting was a little stiff (a cheap shot I know, but it’s hard to resist).
Overall, this film is something to behold because it has a unique story to tell, and it tells it without making the characters seem insincere or out of place. It’s no wonder that this film received a nod from the Academy for Best Original Screenplay. I am glad that the Oklahoma City Museum of Art decided to highlight this film.