Lola Versus (2012)

Going through a break-up can make you dance in a strange way as Lola (Greta Gerwig, on the right) proves here while dancing with her friend Alice.

“I’m slutty but I’m a good person”, a line Lola (Greta Gerwig) says to her best friend Henry (Hamish Linklater) after she has led him on, slept with him, and then had sex with someone else. It pretty much sums her up. She actually comes across as very likeable and well meaning. It’s just that she does things that someone not so likeable would have no chance of getting away with.

She does have a good excuse though – she is currently an emotional and needy mess having just been dumped by her fiancé Luke (Joel Kinnaman) right at the point when they have been making the final plans for their wedding.

This was described by my digital box as ‘a sparkling comedy’. A description which does the movie a bit of an injustice since if you’re looking for a sparkling comedy you will be disappointed. It’s more of a romantic drama that features some quirky and amusing situations.

I actually thought this could have been good if there had been more drama in the second half of the film. This could have then led to the story spiralling off into interesting and unexpected directions. However as it is this section of the film just meanders along and then there is a wooly play-safe type of ending, where we find out that everything is probably going to be just fine for Lola and her friends. This means after a promising start to the movie that not a lot happens of interest, and what does happen is all a little boring, expected and comfortable, which is a shame.

To sum up : it’s really a snapshot of Lola everyday life, albeit one that shows how she copes after the break up of an engagement and it feels a little like a chick-book brought to life. It is interesting for a short time, but mostly it’s just ok. 5/10

  1. richmov said:

    Thanks very much Hadassab 🙂

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