(kr) wrote: This gem wins the prize for the worst Ive seen in a few years.A hideout for serial killers and they pray on travellers,If this flick had been made by high school kids I would have said not bad,keep trying.This was 90 min of my life Ill never get back.
(de) wrote: Review In A Nutshell:After seeing both Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha and The Squid and the Whale, I expected Margot at the Wedding to be well crafted and impacting film; especially given its amazing cast. Sadly the film does not meet those soaring expectations, but it did not completely underwhelm me either. There are certainly a number of positive elements in the film, and those were enough to keep me entertained and sticking it out with complete attention, all the way through.The premise involves Margot coming back to her old home, along with her son Claude, to attend to her sister's wedding. Through this visit, issues and conflicting perspectives begin to arise, filling the atmosphere with tension and drama. I was immediately drawn into the characters of the film, regardless if their personalities come off as unlikeable. Margot's criticizing and "honest" nature makes her such a fascinating individual, and watching her affect the people around her, and without even a hint of understanding to the adverse effects of her actions. Though the film makes it clear that Margot is the damaged one, the rest of the characters are not as perfect as they seem. Pauline and Malcolm also carry their own set of baggage, but Baumbach does not pile it on to its audience, just as much as he does with Margot. As the film progresses, we see more of these characters as the constant clash of personalities forces them to act in ways that they normally wouldn't. The film also gives the time to explore Margot's relationship with her son and husband, and how her personality and her current situation affect them; I was constantly thinking about the structure and dynamic of her relationships, and why she is the way she is.The film does not give away any easy answers about its characters, but it also fails to even address even the slightest on its purpose. Why does Baumbach want us to watch this story unfold? The previous two films I have seen from Baumbach demonstrated a sense purpose to their storylines; Frances Ha exploring the difficulties of pursuing passion over security, whilst also creating a sense of homage to the individuals that have inspired Baumbach in his filmmaking career. The Squid and the Whale explores the difficulties of divorce, told through the perspectives of each member of that once-nuclear family and honestly exposing personal aspects of Baumbach's own childhood. This film barely brings anything and because of that, I was left disappointed and slightly confused.The film thankfully saves itself from inadequacy due to the performances that the cast has brought to Baumbach's lovely characters. Nicole Kidman, who plays Margot, was wonderful in this; granted far from her best, but even her worst is better than any average actor could bring in their best days. Kidman has proven to the public that she is a serious actress and is willing to let herself be guided by a variety of filmmakers; her career spans from directors like Stanley Kubrick and Baz Luhrmann to Lars von Trier and Jonathan Glazer. This is a woman who can even bring layers to roles that are superficially and generically written. Margot is a complex individual and when under the hands of a different actress, the film may feel different. Jennifer Jason Leigh as Margot's sister, Pauline, was also strong in this, with multiple scenes demonstrating that Leigh has the ability to keep with Kidman's intensity and create internally chaotic but effective chemistry. Jack Black so far has only impressed me when under the hands of Richard Linklater, Bernie and School of Rock, but it shows here that he is also amazing when under Baumbach's direction. Black certainly acts out ragingly in a couple of scenes, but it feels different to his usual trademarks; it feels more composed and delivering a better comic timing.Margot at the Wedding feels uninspired and aimless. Baumbach had written wonderful characters and bestowed upon a wonderful cast but fails to deliver a story that utilises them. The film on its own is not a failure, but standing against the rest of Baumbach's filmography shows just how much of a misfire Margot at the Wedding is.
(ca) wrote: An old favorite, that I still enjoy watching now and again.A sweet love story, with enough of realities hard knocks to keep it grounded.