The hubbub over Steve Carell leaving The Office this season has in many ways belittled the talent of the actors that remain.
Last night I was reminded of this in a big way.
I didn’t have huge expectations going in. The critics had pretty much slammed the film, but the trailer looked cute and word-of-mouth was pretty good. (Critics can be so grouchy when it comes to romantic comedies, am I right?)
The one positive note in most of the otherwise ‘grouchy’ reviews was praise for John Krasinski.
Boy, did they get that right.
We are used to seeing John as Jim in The Office — the everyman, playing jokes on Dwight, outsmarting Michael, making takes to the camera. He almost seems like a part of the audience.
Which makes it easy to take what he does for granted.
Admittedly, his character is, once again, the smartest person in the room. But there are no takes to the audience…just solid character work and ‘real’ reactions that are both believable and hilarious.
Now unlike the critics, I liked the film. While I think they took their sweet time getting to a conclusion that we all saw coming, I still enjoyed the ride.
Oh, and John? Thanks for driving.