Screening: The Hollars

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I’m at a screening at the Landmark Theater on East Houston Street. I’m alone because my daughter canceled on me at the last minute and when I thought of some friends to invite they were either 1) out of town 2) or their kids are going away to college tomorrow and they wanted to spend time with them. This screening is thru The New York Times Film Club and anyone can join. I happen to love seeing movies first and before they are released.
The Hollars is a new movie starring Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski. The press release gives this as the plot:
John Hollar, a struggling New York City artist, is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York. With Anna Kendrick, John Krasinski, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale. Directed by John Krasinski.
My Take: I’ve seen so many movies in my years that opinion is jaded. For me to give a glowing review of a film it has to be unique- which is rare these days. The Hollars is nothing great but it isn’t awful either. The acting is pretty good and as a first time movie director, Krasinski succeeds. But overall, even though at times the movie pulls at your heart strings, it is just another formula movie, with highs and lows and then ends with the possibility that everything will work out in the long run. Most movies are like this and perhaps for a reason; we, the public, must like to hear this script over and over.