Joel's 100 Films in 2015: In a World
24. In a World
Lake Bell is one of those actors that you probably adore, and also that you probably don't exactly remember until I show you a picture.
Lake and probably hundreds of other talented women like her (and men too, but this problem seems exacerbated with women) get lost in Hollywood. Maybe they have a moment, one of those weird series of projects like Zoe Saldana has found herself in recently where it seems she's the only woman producers can think of when it comes to strong female roles. But for most of them suddenly, the moment is over, and the only roles they're being called for is Aunt May and the wise-cracking mom next door.
Lake saw the landscape and said, not for me. I'll tell my own stories, featuring me in the light that I know I can shine.
"In a World" is her creative project as much as any film can belong to a single person. She's writer, director, producer and star. In Apple Fanboy speak, she "owns the whole stack".
And the movie is wonderful for it. It's her voice writ large (especially when she's doing her best voice-over impression). It's quirky, it's cute and I can't wait for the next story from this brilliant, beautiful woman.