With Toni Colette, Steven Mackintosh, Zawe Ashton, Emma D’Arcy and many others.
I’d read that Wanderlust could have easily been a spinoff of sorts of Love Actually. After watching it, I can’t quite confirm this.
It’s far too American for this to be true. It’s far too unfunny. They’ve kept far too many unnecessary, dull moments in there.
Joy and Alan are a generally happy couple, but when it comes to sex, they’ve been out of it. They do no longer enjoy the idea of it. Not together.
Joy has had an accident, which has made it particularly painful for her, whilst Alan has simply sort of wiped it from his memory. When they try, he needs to have a lot of confirmation that what he’s doing is actually enjoyable. When Joy doesn’t, he can’t do it anymore.
Frustrating for the both of them.
So Joy offers an alternative way of doing things, after Alan confesses he has kissed with someone and enjoyed it. The moment that this happens, his hypocrisy clearly shows, by the way. Joy tells him so. I did like that very much.
But to be fair, Joy being a therapist is the thing that keeps most of this series so incredibly boring. It is supposed to add to the story, to give it an extra dimension. To me it did not. I skiphopped through those scenes. Only one of them I truly watched, at the end, and that was the only part I needed to see. More than half of it could have been cut out and for me, that would not have made the story less understandable or relatable to anyone. It’s mostly looking for reasons why behaviour is acceptable or not, under certain circumstances.
Toni Colette is the biggest star in the whole, obviously. I have always been surpised how she never ended up more in thrilling stories suchs as The Sixth Sense. Toni Colette can do anything, ace as she is with acting with her eyes, complete facial expression, her entire body. Just for her I could watch this entire series. Their son and eldest daughter do the rest. The way they experience their steps into adulthood are very interesting.
I couldn’t get along with Alan or with their middle daughter. I thought Alan was an sad, ugly, prick. I couldn’t wrap my head around why on earth Joy wanted to be with him at all, nor why Claire would bother herself with him. This could be something personal from me. He isn’t Bill Nighy, even though -given the Love Actually intention- he is made to look sort of like him. Naomi’s storyline is, somehow, not properly set up. It doesn’t show exactly why she makes the choice that she does. The unexperienced son and gay daughter are far better portrayed.
In the end it’s not too bad, but you will be severely bored at times. Still, it’s Toni Colette, so not a bad watch altogether.