April 21, 2015
It feels like a movie that uses people as props to tell its story of a mid-life crisis. Sort of. The people are never really fleshed out and are at the will of the story being told, rather than the other way around. Frankly, the entire exercise annoyed me. Their problems were nothing major, things a lot of people go through, but it feels like they are made to be bigger things than they are, because the story called for it.
Looking at that again, it sounds stupid. What is the purpose of a movie if not to tell a story? I think it has something to do with how it is told. It feels smarmy here. It got under my skin with the established couple going gaga over the younger hipsters. No, this is not very objective, but if I tried objectivity, I would be doing everyone a disservice. I know people this will appeal to, I probably should have known better.
At the same time, there were some things I liked. I liked Stiller's Josh's attention to documentary detail and a dedication to honesty. It makes the big reveal at the end all the more annoying. It also made me think back about how I could have done things differently, or the way life just goes. You know, the usual life regrets that everyone has.
Seriously, I do not really want to spend much more time on this. I have certainly seen worse movies, but this one was just not my taste, despite liking a lot of the filmmaking aspects of it. If only it didn't annoy me so much. I kind of wanted to punch the movie. Despite my annoyances, I will recognize there was some craft and that some people will really latch on to it. It is a movie that plays to specific tastes. Not mine.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 4/21/2015 09:10:00 PM
Labels: 2010s, 2015, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller, Charles Grodin, Comedy, Drama, Hipster, Movie Review, Naomi Watts, Noah Baumbach, Theatrical Release
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.