Daniel’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've seen this a few times now. I think I enjoy it even more each time. I know I liked it even more on this viewing. It's been a little while since I last watched it. I remember really enjoying it. But man, this is fantastic.
There is so much to enjoy about this film. It's incredibly fun, hilarious and engaging almost from start to finish. It has a compelling narrative that with the great performances is able to balance the comedic and dramatic elements perfectly.
As much as this film makes me laugh. And it does alot. I honestly forget some of the more emotional hits in this film. They were fewer than than the comedy but I haven't appreciated as much as I should about how effective they are.
For me personally too. I think it's safe to say that Ryan Gosling makes this film. I loved Russell Crowe in this too. But Gosling is something else. I thought he crushed this role. Easily one of his best performances. But he's always great. So that's not saying much.
If you haven't seen this film. I don't know what you're doing. It's an absolute blast. It's a complete and utter tragedy that we will most likely never see a sequel. That still hurts. But this film still deserves the love and attention more than anything. It's simply amazing.