The dialogue is great, Naomi Watts is bae, the banter between the leads is believable and, in spite of the Netflix, iPhone etc., Baumbach firmly anchors his film in the timeless with its soundtrack. What I wasn't prepared for was the strange turn the film took to prove it's point about youth in today's culture. Kids today...
Hmm. Obviously any movie where Amanda Seyfried takes Naomi Watts to hip-hop dance class is execrable. Granted. Obviously any movie where Charles Grodin plays an oldschool American documentary trailblazer named Leslie Breitbart is brilliant. And so forth. Then the epilogue. The epilogue is the most abominable thing ever until bang! it's brilliant. Hmm. Three stars.
Not as slight nor as elegantly packaged as "Frances Ha," but deceptively wry and observant on both the young couple and the "older" one. I love films that detail a generation gap, and this film does it without being patronizing to either party when it has so many opportunities to be. Save for some unfunny sequences (the ritual is way too long), this is an ode to age, cinema, and youthful idealism.
Interesting, funny movie about connecting and learning and learning that our connections aren't always what we think they are. Some interesting thoughts on technology, fads, fashion, and provocative thoughts on vérité and veracity in documentary-style cinema.
Overly plotted, WWRY lacks the elegance of Frances Ha and above all, the joyful dread of Greenberg. A letdown, considering that these films belong to the same fictional universe and form some kind of Hegelian dialectic. The first half is almost flawless, but after the Ayahuasca's ritual, the film implodes, degenerates into a conventional Hollywood comedy. Girls' aesthetics now permeate indie cinema. Blessing/curse.
**1/2 I accepted and enjoyed the giddy slightness of FRANCES HA, but this banality is built upon so many shaky presumptions and half-baked thoughts/"concerns"-- and related so obligatorily, through so little cinematic joy or inspiration -- that it actually seems to cancel itself to naught. It's modest enough not to be terribly insulting, but its world and its imagination are so small, the film barely registers.
There is this world of Baumbach we all know and love, and unfortunately here, that world implodes exactly as the first novel of a non-writer does. There is so much going on from each side that when a plot point is generated, the film is quickly placed in this ordinary NYC indie scene the filmmaker has no place being. It ended up feeling merely likeable. Stellar cast, though. Stiller is nothing short of brilliant!
Baumbach has realized his best effort since 'Squid and the Whale' with this dynamite film that captures what its like to be approaching middle age while still desperate to be part of youth culture and not be left behind. Youth is more than trends, clothes and gadgets its also a different set of values and ethics and despite what generational differences there are a gap is still a gap. Cast is terrific. Script aces.
Baumbach's latest has a ton of heart, ideas, and shining moments. The themes resonate deeply but the film is in large part a mess. After the first hour, characters and situations seem contrived which is such a huge disappointment after a fantastic first hour. The film does still hit you and it's an experience worth taking. Better than Greenberg but it's not Squid or Ha.
A welcome return to the pin-sharp satire of GREENBERG, with a great performance from Stiller once again at the centre of the film. Baumbach has an incredible knack of hitting upon a perfect closing sequence to his films, almost always visually arresting and verbally inexpressible. I'm fascinated by Adam Driver's weirdly affected physicality and the pops that are made at his expense in this film are priceless.
Noah Baumbach demands, film after film, a greater appreciation for growing up. While We’re Young, much like most of his filmography, is a coming-of-age tale. The difference here is that Baumbach understood that growing up doesn’t mean becoming an adult, having children and conforming to societal norms.