This time, Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt's charisma couldn't save a film from tasting bland. The intention is nice and the couple going separated ways on a weekend reveals a little of both, but nothing memorable or deep enough. Although I enjoy Swamberg's work a lot - this is just a regular film with a great cast.
One of Swanberg's most refined films. Obviously, his type of cinema wouldn't work if it was too focused or disciplined. Reminds me a little of an old Hong Sang-Soo or even a Suwa. The ending worked beautifully - poetic without being too sentimental. Like all of Swanberg's good films, I'm going to have to defend this to death, I'm sure.
This film felt very real to me, that feeling of breaking rhythm with your everyday life to have an out of character experience which of course brings you temporarily closer to the sentiment of home... A nice film about who we are with the ones we love and the self we lose in that essence. I prefer the focus of 'Happy Christmas', but I am just happy watching Swanberg actors drive around with pretty music playing.
A bit shaggy for my taste, but I can totally understand others finding this relatable and moving. It ends on a sweet note and has a genuine interest in the independent lives of each character, but it explores these threads to the detriment of the (ostensible) primary narrative of Johnson and DeWitt. It becomes a bit silly to have every Uber driver bare his or her soul.
The cosmos, two members of the human race, one reaching inward, the other outward, both toward some conceptualization of the sublime, which is of course also oblivion. Joe Swanberg's ideas are vast; his is a state of mind which constantly, unassumingly seeks the fleetingly revolutionary, the origins of man, the dichotomy between identity & community/family. Swanberg does so much with performances, with environment.
Now it's obvious that Drinking Buddies was - in a good way - a total fluke that Swanberg may not be able to reproduce. That "magic" he talks about in interviews simply isn't there; chemistry between actors is mostly nonexistent; plot is a lesser variation of what we've seen before; music doesn't fit. Such a shame, though, because I still kind of liked it.
A surprisingly dense film considering that it's from the director of Drinking Buddies. Not only is this a better film but it has a clever hook which gives it a more metaphorical edge than most indie comedies. I love the separate existential journies the two leads take especially since a less assured director would have had them discover these things together in a more melodramatic fashion. Very promising!
Strong symbolism in an ordinary story that just lulls along without interest. While the themes of coming to terms with your past as well as maintaining identity in marriage and parenthood are well developed, it doesn't push many emotional buttons due to its dull and obvious typicality. It may have much to say about personal growth, but Digging for Fire offers little surprise or divergence from similar films.