IN A WORLD…
BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
You cannot deny Lake Bell’s passion. With her original and quirky glimpse into the world of voice-over narration, she launches into a comical adventure and a piece on women’s rights in the film industry and breaking the norm. In such a charming way, Bell capitalizes off the quirk that works for actresses like Zooey Deschanel. He channels it into this frumpy, childish character who relies on everyone else to help her through her goals. Immediately her father (Fred Melamed) kicks her out of his house and then leans on her sister (Michaela Watkins). The latter is making her independent film rounds this year, having starred in “Afternoon Delight” earlier this summer, with memorable turns in both.
Bell’s screenplay lacks a solid through-line. We understand her desire to be a voice-over talent, and the willingness of the men to keep her out, but there’s no real action taken by anyone, and they fall rather lazily into their roles. There’s a standard love interest arc with Demetri Martin that is refreshing in its blatant and to the point connection and humor in Martin’s plight to get her to notice him. However unique the story is, none of the characters ever feel completely real. The actors never quite make the full connection with their performances to deliver anything substantial, providing a decent showing, but not a conscious or meaningful one. “In A World” fills a void in local, independent film making and brings some exciting topics up for discussion, but ultimately, Bell’s first endeavor feels like a first-time at-bat pitch and doesn’t fully connect.
August 9, 2013
(for language including some sexual references)