You will find that when I don’t really like a movie very much I have a tendency to say more about it than is necessary. Therefore, I will go against my natural instincts and be as brief as I can manage. Lola Versus, first of all the title falls into place after seeing the movie. I realize now it’s quite obnoxious. It does represent the spirit of the story and the guts of the characters. There is a strong sense of “poor us” we are well to do, city dwellers with only one thing in this life to be concerned with, our own self indulgence and subsequent pity parties. No, I didn’t dig Lola very much.
The leading lady, Lola is wrapped up in an undefined self image, unexplained view of the world, and barely explored personality. The worst ailment this movie suffers from is a very poisonous lack of character, or at the very least, lack of character development. If you like paper dolls, very thin flimsy paper dolls, you might just identify with these people. They are flat and uninteresting. I would say they are empty but they don’t even have room to be empty. But hold on, you might think I’m going to say this movie sucks…it doesn’t. I had a middle to fair good time, a few times. I laughed and had a few reactions throughout the ordeal. I didn’t hate anyone in particular and I did “get it”. I just didn’t GET IT.
How can I care about these people? I can more understand how to care about and root for a blue race of 9 foot tall beings that resemble cats on a far away planet who connect their hair to animals and ride dragon like creatures for fun. The reason some writing leads us to get that intangible thing going on is, well, intangible. I can’t describe it because I don’t know what it is exactly. What I do know is that I try very pointedly to find pleasure and satisfaction in any and all movies, when I don’t find it after my efforts I have to just accept that certain movies are not put together just right.
The cast is even kind of pretentious, kind of, well, mostly. A hint of self importance and “oh we are so clever” hangs over many of the scenes. It feels like watching acting class exercises, which can be funny sometimes, but not when they aren’t trying to be THAT funny. The grown ups are Bill Pullaman and Debra Winger, who are fine with me. Winger is my favorite part of the movie and she was just above average for what she has been given to do and say.
The music is moody and more entertaining than the whole of the movie, so that’s a positive, right? Maybe.
I won’t go on, it won’t get any better. I don’t mind a funny movie about self discovery now and then. I do mind a movie about self discovery about a young woman written by a man trying to make his character the female version of a male character faced with similar life choices. There, that’s perfectly clear.
Watch it if you are in love with 21st century self absorbed love stories focusing on a single white young attractive city dwelling 29 year old female college student who over eats health food when she’s depressed, who had new age parents but wants to have a traditional life…..with a handsome white young professional moody indecisive dude who has one of those absolutely exclusively expensive urban apartments…..that’s such a broad open and very accessible category. It’s really a movie for just about everyone in this crazy world.
- Deleted Scenes & Alternate Ending – A few deleted scenes and an alternate ending that turns out not to be as alternate as it could have been.
- Outtakes – Plenty of Outtakes the main problem here though its they are not funny at all.
- In Character With Greta Gerwig – The first of four featurettes covering Greta’s rise to fame and how she deals with the complex character of Lola.
- World Premiere – A few red carpet interviews from the Tribeca film festival.
- The Filmmakers – EPK style featurette interview with Wein and Lister Jones.
- Greta Gerwig: Leading Lady – The films producers talk about great as though shes this great new find that has never appeared in any other movies.
- Director/Writer Commentary – You want to hear some pretentious film school kinda talk? Listen to this commentary it has you covered.
Cover Art and Menus: 3/10
Ascully has “blah blah blah blah” in each of these sections as a filler until I can write my dodiddling opinions. I would have to say that this time I would like to leave the “blah blah blah” for the cover art and menu section, please. Boring and not poster worthy, that’s what I say about the cover. Blah, that’s the menu.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Shot in super 35 Lola Versus has a lot of film grain that the 1080P/AVC encoded transfer manages to preserve. Despite not really liking the film there is a lot of like in terms of the presentation. Skin tones are perfectly reproduced and shadow detail is high. This is a very good looking transfer that will impress fans and non fans alike.
This is a romantic comedy so do not expect your surround speakers to come alive. In-fact I had to check if those speakers were actually on during the screening. There are plenty of indie tracks during the film that actually sound very good and dialog is always crisp and never lost in the mix. lola Versus is presented in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and also features a French & Spanish dub.
There will be people who absolutely adore this movie. For you 11 people, it’s a fine deal for just around $17. Go ahead, buy it, but don’t forget to throw a few other items in your environmentally friendly shopping bag. First, Always keep a good supply of bulk muesli for those times when eating a big piece of chocolate cake to wash away your problems just isn’t modern and cool and quirky enough. Next, get at least 3 pieces of clothing and a lamp from a thrift store. Let’s not forget to call it “thrifting” because that’s what all the people who want to be cool call it these days. UGH. Finally, grab a few other DVD’s like at least one season of Friends, Sex in the City, and The Devil Wears Prada (not bad but still up it’s own ass to far for my undying devotion). These will all design a life for you that’s so incredibly plastic you will be able to get a job in this tough economy…as a mannequin in a department store, opps, I mean in a second hand store. You might end up missing a few fingers clumps of hair, but at least you will be hip and appropriately suffering in your counterfeit life.
Overall Score 4/10