The Hollars is a film that has been unfortunately glossed over by many critics and (judging by the box office numbers) audiences – including myself, until recently. I wasn’t planning on seeing this movie, and had little to no expectations going in. However, my wife adores both Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski, and since I adore my wife, I agreed to see it…and I’m glad I did.
John Krasinski not only stars but also directs, and proves himself to be just as capable a director as he is an actor. I enjoyed his work on The Office, and he has taken his comedic chops to the next level. Not only is the comedy good, but the emotion feels real between characters and in quiet moments, courtesy of a strong ensemble cast.
This is a touching and funny movie that gives a very real look at modern family dynamics. The Hollar family brought up a lot of issues that many families go through: guilt, resentment, regret. But the film touches on how, despite all this, families stick together and support one another. It’s also a reflection on how everyone looks to their closest relationships for assurance about life.