The film's greatest strength was its character development. The main characters are all very well-developed to allow audiences to sympathize with them. If this were not so effective, the film likely would have mediocre, because the plot is completely dependent on sympathizing with the characters. There are a few secondary characters that are a little underwhelming, like that played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, but for the most part, they are well-written. The film's greatest weakness, though, was its formulaity. It works as an appealing story, but it doesn't really bring anything new to the table. Still, this is redeemed by the excellent character development and bittersweet humor.
The acting in the film is also really good. Margo Martindale is excellent in her role. She delivers emotionally and comedically in the role, adapting to the range required. Sharlto Copley and John Krasinski are great as well, similarly skillful in their ranges. The only actor that I thought was slightly weaker than the others was Richard Jenkins, who had some moments that felt forced and artificial.
Overall, I enjoyed "The Hollars", but it is by no means an amazing film. If you like John Krasinski, I recommend checking it out if you can.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.