IN A WORLD–A New Film Report
IN A WORLD—A New Film Report
Welcome Esteemed Reader,
NOW MEET DON LA FONTAINE!
I couldn’t believe how badly this film came out. Sad to say, I was totally dismayed at the plot, the message and the ending. First of all, it paid homage to one most have not heard of: Don La Fontaine, who was– according to those in the know– the greatest voiceover-performer in years past. Don was the guy who did thousands of the voices urging listeners around the world to see certain movies; or he did other bit parts that required a sonorous voice that touched folks’ toes and caused their hearts and minds to follow his message. His shtick was in conjuring up every voiceover with the intro “IN A WORLD”– and then he would continue “where (and wherever he said— folks would become glued to his message with avidity.) It was a formula others tried to copy.
MEET ‘SAM’ AND HIS DAUGHTERS!
So this film is about like-folks who make a living in this field of endeavor. There’s the ruling don at present— ‘Sam Soto’ in this film— along with two daughters, ‘Carol’, who wants to follow him in this profession, and ‘Dani’, who is okay doing something less challenging. But, apparently, “Folks– according to this ‘Sam’– “will not accept a female voice…” So he tells ‘Carol’ to focus on those clever accents she’s so good at doing. ”Don’t try to be the big fish”. as he has become. Let me tell you: This may have worked twenty-five years ago; but, come on, are we still campaigning for women’s rights to do as well as men can— in getting the public to listen to a woman’s voice? I may be wrong, but this theme had no pull on me.
DID THE FILM HAVE SOME CHARM?
It so happens that ‘Carol’ is played by Lake Bell, who did the writing as well as the directing; and given the talent she assembled: the film did have some charm. But her dad, per Fred Melamed— comes over as a kid who doesn’t see he’s grown. And the guy who seems to be the son ‘Sam’ never had—played by Ken Marino and called ‘Gustav’—acts like someone out of a nineteen forties egotistic love flick. Female conquest is his first love.
‘CAROL’ GETS HER PRIZE, TOO!
…Fast forward to the night when ‘Sam’ is presented the coveted achievement prize for his years of service in following in the great footsteps of Don La Fontaine– even as the father Is being introduced by this ‘Gustav’— there is working behind the scenes the great climax where ‘Carol’ wins the coveted role as the one selected to do the voiceover for a film just being shown to the public.
‘MAY I ASK YOU SOMETHING?’
IN A WORLD frankly struck me as inane TV sit-com without any laugh-track to clue you on humor. There was so much back-and-forth between one thread of the plot and another, that I found myself slumping in my chair farther and farther. When it finally ended, I was very puzzled. Had I missed some vital message? I turned to a total stranger, two seats away, who was quite young and said to her: ‘May I ask you something? What did you think of that?’ And she sort of shrugs her shoulders and says, “It was okay… then adds, “What did you think?” I said, ‘It was the worst film I have ever seen.’ Then she replies, “I didn’t think it was the worst.” (But she’s a lot younger than I.)
AS FAR AS A FILM GRADE…!
Towards the last of the film’s credits, there was a notice: “No animals were harmed in the making of this film.” I wish I could say that no folks were harmed in the viewing of this film. I know one who was. As far as a film grade, I’m giving it a TWO. I hope I’m wrong; I really do.
Humbler Acts, creator of ‘THE WIZARD’S OUTRAGEOUS SCHEME FOR STOPPING SMOKING’, reports one film every week as a relaxation from his speaking and writing on stopping smoking through dream use and Seven Forces. He’s American, English-educated, residing in St. Louis, MO (USA). He can be reached: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 314-574-7681
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