"Landline" was a film that I had heard very little about until I saw the trailer at a theater. At that point, I was immediately hooked because I loved the cast and the premise looked as if it would be absolutely hilarious.
I thought that this film was very well-written. The story is relatable, and the fact that there are so many layers to it is part of what makes it work so well. There are multiple storylines, almost as if it were an ensemble film, however, the fact that all the characters are related causes the storylines to begin to morph together, where one character will be developed in the other's storyline. I loved how the writer used the sister's storyline to help add depth to the father's storyline. It's an interesting idea, and it was executed effectively. I thought that the humor was definitely there in this film. I laughed frequently, and the style of humor used by the writer/director is much more consistently intelligent than that in her previous film.
The style of filmmaking is really good, too. The way in which the camera is used really brings you back twenty years into the time in which the film is set. There doesn't really seem to be any reason for this to occur, however, it is done well, so it is fine. The actors all do a great job in their roles. I think that Jenny Slate's role may have actually been written for her, as she fit so naturally into it. Abby Quinn also does a great job in what is her first leading role. She handles the emotion required very well, especially for her first time in the spotlight.
Overall, I really loved "Landline". I thought that it was a funny and relatable story that was very well-shot. It's probably not going to get a super wide release (I had to travel to see it), but if you get the chance, you should definitely check it out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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