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This will be my first review on IMDb. And I thought that I owed it to Josh Radnor and the team that brought this film to us, that I tip my hat in appreciation of their efforts.
I, like probably everyone else was first introduced to Josh Radnor like such "Have you met Ted?". I'd seen that he would be directing a film, and was intrigued to see what the outcome was. I read nothing more on the subject, wanting to have as little preconception as possible.
Then the time came and my heart sank. I am not a fan of large ensemble casts, and the of telling multiple stories at the same time. Perhaps I'm too simple.
I often find it difficult to relate to so many characters. Developing each respective character and their story is a fine balance. I usually get left feeling "Why didn't we see more of this/them, instead of those/that?". If I find one or more of the characters boring, I just turn off during their scenes. Or the casting can be off, and I wish one actor or actress had played a different role in the film. Obviously this is all personal. But ultimately I feel unsatisfied. That the concept could've been better "if"
But I do appreciate it when it's done well. And bravo Mr Radnor, et al, this is very well done. All the players fit their roles. Everyone seemed so comfortable which came across on screen. Not one character or relationship was over/under cooked. I was able to relate and empathise with every situation in some way or another which ultimately got me invested in the outcome.
When you read the storyline your thoughts may jump to Love Actually, New Year's Eve or similar. These are the films that have previously left me unfulfilled. They may have good moments, but on the whole feel very contrived. But with Happythankyoumoreplease each scene felt natural, as if I were watching a moment of a real life.
I can happily say that this genuinely surprised me. A real diamond of a find.
Worthy of so much more acclaim than it has received. And deserving of so much more success then it has gained.