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Man Against The World

By Alyssa Rosenberg

"Man Against The World"

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It makes an odd amount of sense to me that as an alternative to playing a somewhat evil dolt on The Office, Rainn Wilson would move into grief:

Without being too crude about it, he was never going to be a leading man, but his face distorts well both into mania and hurt. I can’t tell for sure about his role in Hesher, which looks like it may include some ill-advised fire-arms purchasing, but it looks like there may be some continuity between him there and him in Super, as men who can’t reconcile themselves to the world after it’s grievously injured them.

I’m more curious, actually, about what this role means for Ellen Page’s career. I thought her chemistry with Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the best thing about Inception; she did a nice job of embodying a moment in most people’s lives that movies tend to skip over, when they’re more excited about the world’s possibilities than afraid of its disappointments. This feels like a retreat to Juno for her, maybe even a retreat past that to a more naive time. Page is a little too old to play Hit-Girl, and there isn’t a ton of that ferocity on display here. I hope, now that Tilda‘s not happening, Page finds something else great to do. I want to see where she’s going.

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