STARRING: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Alexandra Holden and Nick Offerman
An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.
Don LaFontaine “The Voice” of trailers dies age 68. You know it as soon as the words “In a world…” boom through the beginning of a film trailer. The immortal words are to be brought forward once again with a new voice as an Amazon quadrilogy is in the works and they want to use these words to usher in the film trailer. The two contenders are Gustav Warren, young heir to a fortune and being mentored by Sam Sotto, a man who sees himself as an equal to Don, and Carol Solomon, a voice coach who happens to be Sam’s daughter and he reminds her that voice over trailers are a man’s world, no one wants to hear a female voice.
Lake Bell is pulling a triple threat here as not only is she in the starring role but she also wrote and directed this film and I have to say that I’m impressed with this film. I only know Lake Bell from her being in HBO’s short lived show How To Make It In America but here you can see her talent in full flow of not only in a role where she pulls several different accents (hear Sam and Gustav’s agents on the phone through the film? That’s Bell. Impressed? You should be) but the script and the direction makes the film feel more…authentic.
The interaction between certain characters are hilarious, such as Heners deliveries to Louis, who is besotted with Carol as well as Carol’s exchanges with her sister Dani. The one thing that I had an issue with was the somewhat resolve/turning a new leaf part of Carol’s father Sam as throughout this film he’s just an absolute detestable dick of a father figure, you know the one you really REALLY don’t want to have. First off he boots Carol out of the house to have his very much younger than him girlfriend move in with him and when Carol tells him the news of how she’s in contention for the doing the voice for the quadrilogy trailer, he does something that there should be no coming back from…at all. Besides that and a few moments where people may be lost in the quick exchanges between the characters, the rest of the film is a joy to watch.
Ken Marino is just made for the role of being the asshole yet hilarious as Gustav, Rob Corddry gets to shine in the serious moments of the film as the husband of Carol’s sister Dani and Michaela Watkins does well as Dani who is caught in the crossroads between her husband and taking the forbidden fruit being offered by Jason O’Mara’s Mr Pouncer. Would also like to see Demetri Martin in more films like these in future as he fits the boy that likes girl but can’t muster up the courage to ask role to a tee and does the role perfectly here.
Strong and refreshing debut from Lake Bell, I’d take plenty of In A World… type films over the likes of Gravity anyday. 7/10