Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Nancy Oliver as her screenplay debut. It stars Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner and Patricia Clarkson. The story follows Lars (Gosling) a socially inept man, who starts a romantic yet platonic relationship with a lifelike doll which he ordered from an adult website. The trailer makes it out to look more like a comedy when it’s more of a sweet drama. The comedy is innocent, like Lars and the people who play along because of their love for him. We get to see a unique performance by Ryan Gosling; one where he isn’t the attractive and take-the-lead kind of guy. The film is a wonderful one with a great message and examples of caring friendships that won’t waste your time.
As mentioned already, Ryan Gosling delivers a brilliant portrayal of Lars and shows off his incredible singing skills in one scene, which gave me goosebumps thinking it was the soundtrack.
The film’s score by David Torn plays beautifully throughout the story.
I didn’t care for the cinematography too much as it’s grey and cold. Whether or not the story would have changed if it were during the summer in a city doesn’t matter; what matters is the type of people you’d find in a small town. Real, down-to-earth caring folks that look out for each other. That’s one of the heartwarming aspects of this story.
I recommend everyone to watch this film as it leaves you with a smile on your face!
Thanks for reading my review!
– Nick Andersen
P.S. The great message is that love heals. Love above all.