Review 242: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
There are going to be some long days in the immediate future. I picked Little Miss Sunshine for tonight’s movie because I’ve wanted to see it. I bought it a few months back and tonight seemed like the right night. It actually really was a great cap to the night. I give Little Miss Sunshine the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
A family that is in a big need of some good news sets off to get Olive (Abigail Breslin) to a beauty pageant. The family encounters one difficulty after another on their journey. It seems like the whole family is destined to fail.
I’m not always a fan of Steve Carell, but I do like him in his more dramatic roles. I think this may be my favorite performance of his. Really, I love the entire cast of this film. Alan Arkin, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear, and Toni Collette. I loved all of their performances and how they interacted together. The movie gets better and better as it goes on until the climax. I laughed pretty hard during the last sequence.
I’ve really become a big fan of Paul Dano this year. I’ve seen Love and Mercy and Swiss Army man, and his performances are always amazing. I watched There Will Be Blood a couple of years ago and his performance there was pretty intense. Little Miss Sunshine keeps him silent for most of the film, but he still manages to be a powerhouse on screen. His notepad is used terrifically and his story arc is definitely relatable.
I’m really glad I watched this film. I don’t want to say much about the scenes as they lead into one another in a fun road trip way. I think it’s a really great story that balances the comedy and the drama very well. It’s definitely one I’ll be watching again.