I can't wait 'til I'm old enough to feel ways about things.
The worst film I've ever seen. If anything it marks the period in time when being Indie became the most mainstream thing possible.
By far the most embarrasing Manic Pixie Dream Girl -characters in film ever, played by the completely overrated Natalie Portman. A muse with no ambitions, feelings or life of her own, with only purpose of existance to please the man. Exactly what a depressed and bored egocentric guy needs to feel better, so he can continue to do wathever his depression kept him from.
I blacked out most of this film [it was that bad], but one truly gruesome memory remains of the infamous indie-Shins revelation scene -the objective correlative to the film, which overshadowed how senseless and unmemorable the rest of the picture was.
This si another case of a film i have no qualms with, it's shot how it should be, it feels how it should be and i never asked my self when the end was coming. Braff's impeccable screenplay keeps you fascinated with this cast of characters and what they will do next, but at the same time offers you with minuet meditations on life, love, and dealing with your past.
This movie has gotten an insane amount of backlash since it's release. I remember watching it on a whim around 2005 and loving it unabashedly. Now, I'm older, more mature, more versed in cinema and fully aware of Garden State's flaws, contrivances, pretensions, what have you - but I still enjoy it.
This is partly due to nostalgia for my formative years (and like a billion other people, Portman was my first real actress crush), but I think it's mainly because the film still feels like it was created from a place of honesty. Braff made a heart-on-his-sleeve indie movie, unafraid of shoving in references to stuff he liked, and has since been getting shit on by film geeks everywhere. Garden State's got issues, noticeable ones, but it's not nearly the cinematic abortion people seem to think it is. There's a lot to like.
It would be nothing without the indie music it's promoting. There were a few really good lines, an overall well-transported feeling of loss and ennui but I'm not a fan. Although that bit about not having a home anymore and not having a home yet is actually true however cheesy it may sound.