Why I Saw It: Its reviews were interesting to me. Some people really liked it, some people didn’t. It has a host of great actors in it whose work I typically enjoy. I liked the idea that a comedy was established in the world of competitive butter-carving, but they weren’t making fun of the artform, but rather they had comedic elements surrounding the individuals involved.
What Was It About? ”In small-town Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town’s annual contest.“
Rating: 8.1 out of 10 (though if I really gave all of my rankings a second thought, I’d put this one higher)
Memorable Performances: There were some very memorable performances from quite a few people in this film. Although he’s not listed below, I do want to point out that I thought Rob Corddry was really good in a role from which I wasn’t expecting much, and the same can be said for Phyllis Smith. Ashley Greene took great strides to show that she’s not going away quietly after the Twilight series, and Alicia Silverstone showed that she’s capable of taking the next step in her career and capable of becoming a parental-figure.
Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:
- Best Actress – Jennifer Garner
- Best Actress – Yara Shahidi
- Best Supporting Actor – Ty Burrell
- Best Supporting Actor – Hugh Jackman
- Best Supporting Actress – Olivia Wilde
Favorite Parts: The scenes with Olivia Wilde were amazing, and I’m not just saying that because she was a stripper. The dialogue in those scenes (as well as other areas of the film) were great, as were the reactions of the various characters involved. From an art appreciation standpoint, everything they did with butter-carving throughout the film was incredible as well.
The Regrettable Aspects: There wasn’t enough comedy from Jennifer Garner’s character. Sure, there were a few laughs at how borderline insane she was, but there perhaps wasn’t enough of a comedic element in there for her, which had a negative impact on the film – mostly for other viewers who have given it lower ratings than it deserves.
Would I watch it again? I will absolutely be watching it again.
To Whom Would I Recommend It? I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys comedies and doesn’t need jokes thrown at them to enjoy it.
- The INVENTION OF LYING – Another film where Jennifer Garner is doing a deadpan comedic role.
- MODERN FAMILY – Okay, so it’s a television show, but Ty Burrell is great in it, and if you’re not watching it already, you should be.
If you’ve got recommendations for alternatives to BUTTER, or for other similar films, let me know!
Next up, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.