Ryan Reynolds stars as Will – a dreamer
whose life has not worked out the way he had hoped (join the crowd, the
line starts to the left). Not quite lucky in love, Will is going
through a divorce, but he has a strong relationship with his little
girl, Maya (Abigail Breslin). As you can imagine, she is quite
distressed by the change happening in her life, so she starts to ask
Will questions about how he fell in love with her mother, maybe hoping
to rekindle his love for the lady who took the vows and shared a life
with him. To make it a more interesting movie, Will tells the story,
but it’s a mystery where Maya must pick which of three women
in his life is the one who became his wife and her mother, since all
three relationships had an impact on the other.
Who is Maya’s mom? Can she reconcile with Will?
Maybe might not be the
most perfect movie possible, but it
makes up for its shortcomings with an appeal to the heart that
connects, especially at this time of year. Writer/director Adam Brooks
easily lets the audience slide into the mystery as we learn all about
Will, how he ended up in New York, what he left behind, and what he
found in the future. Before you know it, you are hooked by each flirty,
heartfelt, and angst-ridden conversation backed up by some of the
strongest dialogue we have witnessed since the Oscar nominees and Oscar
hopefuls were released in late 2007. It easily is 100 times smarter
Gold, so I hope 100 times more people buy tickets.
Because it is smart, Definitely, Maybe is a movie
where you need to pay
attention because it leads to more enjoyment. Brooks drops little hints
and details throughout the movie that just pop up in the most subtle
ways, and he makes each character very real with positive attributes
and flaws. Most of all, Brooks knows how to present the most
heartbreaking and sweetest of scenes without interfering with the
moment, the actors and the audience’s reactions. No silly
special effects. No editing tricks. No imposing soundtrack. Just real
It’s the ensemble that makes all of Brooks’s work
pay off. After years of defending him and trying to convince my friends
and colleagues he has some potential, Reynolds delivers. He brings a
natural performance to the screen making Will a likable guy, even when
he starts to do stupid things. Then, Reynolds is surrounded by three of
the most talented and attractive actresses around.
Isla Fisher is cuter than cute, brings an infectious life and zeal to
her character and gets a chance to emerge from the stereotype of cute
towards the end of the movie to make you feel sorry for her character
and proud of her when she makes some hard decisions.
Rachel Weisz gets to play the sexy one, and makes a man’s
heart go thumpety thump thump thump to the point where some of us in
might need medical
attention, but also finds a few great moments to show her
character’s soft side and vulnerability, when you
weren’t sure she had one.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Banks puts in the less flashy and more subtle
role as the college sweetheart. Given
that she and Reynolds are a few years removed from college age (aren't
we all), Banks
does a good job giving her character that freshness and wide eyed view
of life younger people have, while making you wish you dated her in
Brooks drags out the ending of Definitely, Maybe a
bit too long as we
start to feel some fatigue from the constant rollercoaster of thinking
we have solved the mystery and can name the mother, while he
also brings back some candidates long after they would have disappeared
in real life.
Be careful! Watching Definitely, Maybe could lead
to you thinking about
the past loves in your life.
Definitely, Maybe is rated PG-13
for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking