Dan in Real Life
Dan Burns has had a hard time with his wife passing away and having to take on bringing up his three daughters but recently things seem to become better as his columns are about to go national and he recently encountered a lovely woman called Marie in the local book store whom he almost immediately fell in love with.
When the yearly family reunion trip to Rhode Island comes around again, Dan sees this as the perfect opportunity to stabilise the relation with his teenage daughters but huge is his surprise when his brother Mitch arrives with his new girlfriend Marie…
Sound and Vision:
The image lacks some detail and there’s edge enhancement here and there while film grain is omnipresent. Not the quality you expect from a recent release but we’ve seen worse.
The sound is focused on the front speakers where we get crystal clear dialogues but to be honest some decent use of the surround speakers for music wouldn’t have hurt.
When you read about Dan in Real Life you immediately expect the worst: yet another romantic comedy like we’ve seen thousands in a dozen already. Fortunately that’s not entirely true as the movie does do its job nicely and Binoche as well as Steve Carrell do an excellent job. Dan in Real Life remains a typical feel-good movie that colors nicely between the lines without ever doing anything unexpected (including the happy ending) but does it craftly and as such manages to be better than the average offering in this genre. Certainly worth a shot.