Niagara Gazette —
Ironically, Carol’s father Sam (Fred Melamed) is the reigning king of voiceover artists and has been king since the death of the legendary Don Fontaine. When Sam wants his young girlfriend to move into the house he shares with his daughter, Carol has to move out and really find a job. Complications result and brushes with romance abound.
“In A World” is the funniest movie I’ve seen this year. It’s certainly the best surprise of the waning summer movie season.
Bell, whose debut directorial feature this is, has a true understanding of how people speak and react. And as the film’s primary actress, she brings a delightful and endearing quality to her role.
As the beautifully-acted movie unfolds, you realize how much you’re enjoying all of the characters because they are written with genuine honesty. Carol’s luck seems to be turning when she has a chance to land an important voiceover job, narrating the previews for a four-part fantasy film series. But there are snags. Her father is also up for the gig, as is the flirtatious Gustav (Ken Marino), an up-and-comer who dearly wants Carol to be his one and only girlfriend.
“In A World” is about folks on the fringe of the motion picture community. Bell has created a loving and funny portrait of usually happy people who, with a little bit of luck, would find themselves on the right side of the stucco studio walls that separate the stars from those peering in from the outside.
In “Blackfish” we learn there is no certified record of a killer whale attacking a human in the wild. So much for “Moby Dick.” But to be fair, that was fiction. This is director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s thought-provoking look at the treatment of whales at water parks. The story isn’t pretty. Whales kill in captivity because they go mad from being forced to live in tanks that are much too small. Whales will attack each other, and often go after their trainers.