He’s Just Not That Into You is a romantic comedy. It seems as if this one is going to be different, dealing with interconnected people in various relationships at various levels. It seems like this won’t end where you think it will, as if the genre may finally be getting a boost.
Then you realize that’s not the case.
Instead dealing with a small cast of two people in the usual romance, Into You spreads the clichés thin across numerous characters. Of course Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin are going to end up together. You can tell by the first scene they’re featured together. Of course Ben Affleck and Jennifer Aniston will find a way to get back together. It’s just that kind of movie.
Into You offers some laughs, mostly sporadic. Goodwin is mostly inserted for her quirky charms, although at times comes off as clueless or creepy. Drew Barrymore is barely in the film, yet becomes a central character in the end.
The story, which is nothing more than these people who have some connection to each other looking for romance, is disjointed. Characters appear and then disappear for extended periods of time. They’re brought back when the script needs them. Who knows where they were when off camera.
The only characters with depth are played by Jennifer Connelly and Bradley Cooper. They play a married couple on the verge of divorce. They are the couple with real problems; the rest are a pile of cliches. Connelly is obsessed with honesty, and finally snaps when she finds cigarettes in her home, despite Cooper swearing he stopped smoking. It’s the breaking point for her, and the single scene in the film with any real emotion.
The rest is a happy-go-lucky comedy that exists to give dating advice, none of which would ever apply in the real world with any consistency. Into You never seems to know what it wants to be, and the audience won’t know either. [xrr rating=2/5 label=Movie]
For most of the film, this VC-1 encoded transfer shines, with brilliant sharpness and excellent fine detail. Facial texture and flesh tones are flawless. Contrast is bright, and color bold. Black levels create convincing depth, and shadow delineation is fine throughout. There are no signs of artificial enhancement.
Something happens in the third act however, where detail suddenly drops below this transfer’s high point significantly. All of that facial detail seemingly disappears. It is noticeable in only a few scenes, but enough to dent the visuals below perfection. [xrr rating=4/5 label=Video]
As a typical romantic comedy, Into You doesn’t offer much for this TrueHD track to work with. Some mild low-end work comes from the music playing in clubs or parties. Surrounds are limited, although some positional stereo channel work is noticeable a couple of times. Dialogue is always audible and well mixed. [xrr rating=3/5 label=Audio]
Baltimore Blade is a collection of six in-character features that pick up the character’s lives after the film was over. Six Words that Make Up a Film is an 11-minute featurette that discusses the origin of the story, and the book it was based on.
The Director Stages a Scene details how Ken Kwapis framed a key scene between Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin. Five deleted scenes offer an optional commentary and run for 13 minutes. [xrr rating=2/5 label=Extras]