20th CENTURY WOMEN might not be my most favorite film from last year (tough competition! 2016 was indeed a wonderful year for cinema), but damn it was the film with the highest play:pause-and-took-snapshot ratio; be it because of the gorgeous 80's suburban LA imagery, quotable OMSsoture dialogues, or Greta Gerwig/Elle Fanning/Annette Benning doing things.
I almost cried for three times! This film is a roller-coaster of emotions: it's happy and sad and, most important, smart. It paints a feminist portrait of different generations of women without being silly or stuck up. Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Queen Annette Bening (who is long overdue for a Best Actress Oscar) were all fantastic!
Enjoyable, engaging and entertaining. For a title about 20th Century Women it's oddly male-centric and lacking in racial diversity. The film is full of feminist quotes, is told tenderly, renders the emerging punk and skateboarding scenes genuinely and feels like a very personal yet universal story of adaptation and coming of age(s). The characters all have their flaws and wonderful redeeming points. 3.5 stars
Mike Mills' latest far outshines the promise he showed with 'Thumbsucker' and 'Beginners' with this exceptionally well scripted take on motherhood, community and identity both female and male. Performances across the board are quite extraordinary especially the trio of actresses showcasing women of three separate age groups. Bening may have the heaviest lifting here but Gerwig and Fanning both impress here as well.
This was a really good film with some fun performances and a lot of history and insight of the times presented in this film. Also Greta Gerwig is simply amazing here but then again she's always amazing.
20th Century Women is a film about faith: the faith in people, in what they do, how they do it. It’s a film about the simplicity of the mundane, the quest for enlightenment, the humility in the pursuit of understanding. And it’s a beautiful film, a film on the longing for meaning.
Mills' follow-up to Beginners is another look at family units and the different ways generations see the world. He colors firmly/modestly/annoyingly in the "indie film" lines, but distinguishes himself with worldliness: his film aspires to understanding, and accomplishes it. No new ground broken, but every awards season needs a film you can safely recommend to your parents. Can't say that about Elle, can you?
Frustratingly opaque, unoriginal, and, frankly, annoying. It's actually rather remarkable that Mills made a film featuring three potentially three-dimensional female characters and superb respective actresses, a title containing 'women', and still somehow manage make it all about men and their pseudo-masculinity crises.