Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Everything Must Go DVD review; a great change of pace for Will Ferrell
I bet very few of readers ever heard of Everything Must Go, much less watched it. Luckily, I live in Southern California and watching an indie is a relatively easy thing to do. Everything Must Go stars Will Ferrell as an alcoholic who has just been fired from his long-time job. He comes home to see all his personal belongings on his front yard. His wife has left him, and he's forced to have a yard sale as he learns to get his life back together. With the help of a young friend, and a curious neighbor, he begins to do just that.
What I liked about the film:
A Change Of Pace For Will Ferrell
Stranger Than Fiction. He does a fine job here as well. The series of unfortunate events just come one after the other for this character, and we feel for him. He has proven he can act in a drama. It's only when Ferrell strays from the dramatic does he falter (I'll get into that later). Overall, a job well done.
Rebecca Hall was in the film until I started watching it. Mainly because I haven't seen much marketing for the film. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses in Hollywood. Especially after seeing her in The Town with Ben Affleck. She is a curious neighbor who has just moved across the street from Will Ferrell's character. Throughout the film, we learn why she is so sympathetic to Ferrell. She turns in another solid performance she should be proud of.
Christopher Jordan Wallace. Although I didn't think it was very convincing, I did appreciate the attempt. As Ferrell and Wallace work together to sell all his belongings, they learn a lot from each other. Wallace appears to be a future salesman, just like Ferrell. And Ferrell learns that life has a lot more to offer than what he thought it did. I also enjoyed the friendship formed between Ferrell and Hall. I should mention, Michael Peña and Laura Dern are not in the movie long, but definitely add to Ferrell's character arc. This was a neat little story written by Raymond Carver and Dan Rush (who also directed the film).
What I didn't like about the film:
Christopher Jordan Wallace
A Good, Not Great Film
Amazon, it's going to include only three special features: Behind the scenes featurette, Audio commentary with director, Will Ferrell featurette. Not a lot to choose from, but it's to be expected from an indie film. I didn't look at the DVD version, but I would imagine it has equal or less special features. My suggestion would be to go with the DVD. This is a character driven piece where picture and sound don't really matter. If you've seen the film, let me know what you think.