Definitely Maybe is directed by Adam Brooks and stars
Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin,
Elizabeth Banks, and Rachel Weisz. ***
Definitely Maybe is the story of a recently divorced
man, living with his daughter. One night, she is eager to
hear the stories of her fatherís past romances, and know
which one is her actual mother. And thus sets in motion
a series of flashbacks detailing the fatherís past romantic
exploits, and everyone he has loved and lost.
*** Naturally, I donít fall into the key demographic
for romantic drama. And yet, Definitely Maybe works. Thereís
a lot of good acting here, and the film brings just enough
new stuff into the genre, while at the same time never straying
from everything this type of film is known and loved for.
Definitely Maybeís strongest asset is its cast, namely
young Abigail Breslin. Thereís not a movie Iíve seen this
girl in, in which she doesnít deliver a strong performance.
Not only does she hold her own with big name stars 4 times
her age, she often succeeds in surpassing them. This film
is no exception, and her performance here is one of her
strongest yet. Combine this with some well-done cinemat
ography (better than what youíd expect for this kind of
movie) and youíve got an experience that doesnít fail to
Image And Sound:
For the most part, this is a great anamorphic widescreen
transfer. The film looks great throughout, especially the
scenes with the various New York City locales that pop up
throughout the movie. My only complaint is with the grain
issues in darker scenes, which seems to be a pretty common
flaw on most DVDs, so itís no big deal. The audio gets the
job done Ė itís not the best audio track Iíve ever heard
on a DVD, but itís far from the worst.
Sadly, there arenít a whole lot of features on this
disc Ė this comes a s a disappointment considering how good
the movie is. There are just over 5 minutes worth of deleted
scenes, which youíll want to check out if youíre a fan.
Itís not hard to see why they didnít make the final cut,
but theyíre essential viewing for any die-hard. Two other
featurettes are included Ė one on the changing times in
which the film is set, and your standard making-of piece,
clocking it at around 15 minutes. Topping it all off is
director commentary, which is a nice supplement to the film,
and if you enjoyed it, even on a casual level, this will
be an interesting listen.