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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Print E-mail
Friday, 04 November 2011
ImageI just can’t make up my mind about “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”  (Sorry but I don’t know what the correct punctuation is for the title.  The cover art has it written three different way, with a period, without a period, with commas, without commas.  I give up.)

The film was not widely recognized during its theatrical debut, but it gathered a little bit a following along the way.  Where I find myself torn is whether or I feel like I have seen this film before, and whether or not I care for Steve Carell’s humor.

Okay, so, I felt like more a majority of the film I was watching a typical romantic comedy.  The beats were predictable, as were the characters.  There are a lot of contrived and lifeless moments.  On the other hand, there are some unique and precious humorous moments.  Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell’s shopping spree is quite entertaining as is the fight at the house and the salutatorian speech.  But along the way you can’t help but question why is this film two hours long.

Second, Steve Carell has been a hit or miss actor for my.  I hated “Evan Almighty,” but really liked his character in “Dan In Real Life.”  So, during this film he sometimes comes across as “Even Almighty,” stupid, humorless slapstick comedy, and sometimes as “Dan In Real Life,” creatively humoristic and sensitive.

So that’s that.  Whether I end up loving or hating moments, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” is a decent romantic comedy.  It isn’t full of slapstick humor with a side romance.  It has meaningful and grounded relationships among at its center and the humor plays to those relationships and situations.

The image quality of this Blu-ray is more straightforward than the film itself.  It is a fairly typical rom-com video transfer.  The fleshtones take on a more often than not orange hue.  Colors fluctuate a bit between lifelike and overly saturated.  The sharpness of this transfer is the worst offender for me.  It seems to have been scrubbed, but I believe it to an issue with the original production.  The image softness wears on your eyes after a while, especially given the two-hour runtime.  Textures and details are only so-so.  This lack of any consistent sharpness keeps the transfer from oozing life.  The black levels are decent, but occasionally absorb what details are present.  There are few sequences in which shadow delineation is simply horrible.  But all in all, the video transfer is suitable for the genre.

Likewise, the audio quality is pursuant to a rom-com.  The rear soundfield is not very engaging, but can on occasion provide some nice ambience.  The quality of the dialogue can fluctuate from sequence to sequence, beyond the changes in environment.  This could be due to shotty production sound a lack of time in post-production.  In any event, the dialogue remains intelligible, just a bit inconsistent.  Dynamics are average and the LFE channel is absent.  There isn’t anything memorably here.  It is what it is.

As to be expected the special features on this release are light.  There are about 10 minutes of deleted scenes, which seem almost more like outtakes.  “Steve And Ryan Walk Into A Bar” functions like outtakes as well.  “The Player Meets His Match” is just fluff.  So, nothing substantial here.  A DVD/Digital Copy is also included in the pack.

“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Is one of those films where you just have to decide for yourself.  The audio and video qualities are decent, but there is definite room for improvement.  I recommend a rent for this title unless you absolutely know you will love it.

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