The story's premise is somewhat slight, and I think this is the crux of some of the detractors' critiques. But others have a problem with Ferrell. They seem perplexed that Ferrell has some moments of humor here in what is otherwise a grim story about a man whose life is bottoming out. Is it drama or comedy? Some folks are bothered that it's not one of the other. Or, to be charitable, they don't think a right balance is acheived in this film.
I wasn't comfortable entirely with the resolution of the story, but I think my knowledge of the source material, and of Carver's other stories, biased me against some of the plot turns in the screenplay. I guess I could accuse the film of being not just an affront to the orignal story, but too predictable in its character arc. Except I rather like the way the story develops here, as familiar as some of the beats are. I like the supporting actors. And I like those images of Nick riding Kenny's bike. And of all that furniture on Nick's front lawn.
I liked this movie.
Edited by Christian, 14 May 2011 - 04:42 PM.