After I posted yesterday on Blue Valentine, I was surprised to find out that it is available via streaming on Netflix, which is like having a free rental if you already have the subscription. A quick follow-up revealed that three more Gosling pictures are available: Lars and the Real Girl, Drive [prior post], and All Good Things (with Kirsten Dunst). I recommend all of these, but Lars and the Real Girl was my introduction to Gosling and is an utterly charming, delightful picture. When I saw Crazy, Stupid, Love. a couple years later, I had forgot that this sophisticated ladies man was the same actor who played Lars, a character that Ebert described as:
a painfully shy young man who can barely stand the touch of another human being. He functions in the world and has an office job, but in the evening, he sits alone in a cabin in the back yard of his family home.
When I connected the disparate Crazy, Stupid and Lars roles to the same actor, I was struck by the range of Gosling. Mixing in his other performances, you’d be hard pressed to make a case for another actor who’s any better.