I always find it intriguing when an actor decides to delve into other areas of filmmaking, especially when they do it like Lake Bell does with In a World…and tackle not only directing a film but also writing, starring in and co-producing. I always wonder if it is a desire to escape a system that does not provide something they are looking for or if it is just a desire to tell a story their way. Whatever the reason, it always provides an interesting insight into the filmmaking world when an actor takes this leap.
Carol (Bell) is a voice coach and living in the large shadow of the famous voice of her father (Fred Melamed) who narrates Hollywood blockbuster film trailers. Wanting to break into the men only game of trailer narration, Carol tries for a coveted job narrating an upcoming blockbuster quadrilogy that every voice in Hollywood wants, including her father. Also dealing with sexism, relationship turmoil, family dysfunction and betrayal, Carol just seeks to find her place in the world.
Kudos to Lake Bell because she really made me fall in love with In a World. A funny romantic comedy, a relationship comedy, a dysfunctional family comedy, a Hollywood insider’s comedy and a woman trying to make it in a man’s world comedy, In a World kinda has it all. Bell’s script is hilarious but still maintains a real world feel with fleshed out characters that are all relatable and genuine. Bell herself is awkward and very funny in the film but also has great heart. I wonder if the story reflects any issues Bell herself has had with the Hollywood system, I would be very interested to ask her. Regardless, In a World is a very funny comedy from a very talented filmmaker that I hope we get to see much more of in front of and behind the camera.
Available January 21, 2014 on Blu-ray and DVD.