In a World… – DVD Review 4.5/5 stars
In a world where a single voice can change the landscape of an industry, comes In a World… The line “in a world” was made famous by Don Lafontaine, a voiceover actor who used “in a world” to introduce us to epic movie trailers. In the film In a World… the line has been retired upon Don’s death in 2008 but now is set to be revived for a new series of movies and their trailers. Sam Soto (Fred Melamed) was the heir apparent after Don’s death but has been toying with retirement and is pushing his protégé Gustav (Ken Marino) for the opportunity. The studio however catches wind of Carol Sullivan (Lake Bell who wrote and directed the film) a struggling voice coach who is also Sam’s daughter. When Sam finds out that the woman who stole the job from Gustav is his daughter, he throws his hat back into the ring auditioning for the “in a world” chance as well to show that he’s not finished yet; and that even though Carol is his daughter, voiceover work is still a man’s job.
I really enjoyed this film, it was funny and clever and delivered it all with charm. All at once it sends up sexism, satirizes Hollywood, examines relationships (both romantic and familial), and does it all in a very real fashion. The dialogue is real, the characters are real and the situations are never really that far fetched. I suppose the subplot with Carol’s sister Dani (Michaela Watkins) and her husband Moe (Rob Corddry) was a little obvious bordering on cliché, but the strength of the actors made it work well. Again I was happy to see Rob Corddry playing a very good, very subdued role; at the same time he still managed to come off as quite comedic. Nick Offerman and Dmetri Martin had nice little supporting roles but the film’s success hinges on Lake Bell herself. I often cringe when I hear that a first time director also wrote and is starring in their own film. Often times they are too close to the project to realize when things are going askew. Fortunately In a World… did not suffer from that problem. Bell was very good in her acting, and her supporting cast was an excellent mix of veteran and younger actors, and the script was well written, all combining to produce a very likeable film.
Bottom Line: In a World… won and Lake Bell took 3rd place for Best First Feature at the 2013 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, this really makes me want to go see something at TIFF. I do know a few people….maybe I can tag along this year…
Posted on 14-01-22, in 4.5 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged Alexandra Holden, Demetri Martin, Don Lafontaine, Eva Longoria, Fred Melamed, In a World, Ken Marino, Lake Bell, Michaela Watkins, Nick Offerman, Rob Corddry. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.