You might think Josh Radnor’s commitment to the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother – in which he’s the “I,” always on the lookout for “Your Mother” – would make a side project as ambitious as Happythankyoumoreplease all but inconceivable.
Yet according to Radnor, Happy, the indie romance he wrote and directed, which opens Friday after winning standing O’s at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, would never have been possible without his high-profile day job. If anything, the success of Mother has allowed him to broaden his artistic horizons.
In April 2003, a falling boulder pinned Aron Ralston to the wall of Utah's remote Blue John Canyon for nearly five days, forcing the 27-year-old mountain climber to amputate his right arm in a desperate bid to survive.
In bringing his story to the screen, Danny Boyle deftly avoids the obvious stumbling blocks, transforming a mostly one-man show with a well-publicized ending into arresting drama that speaks not only to Ralston's implacable will but also to the durability of the human spirit. Boyle has described 127 Hours as an action movie about a man who can’t move, and the description is apt. Ralston’s existential struggle seems almost to sprint to its grisly conclusion.