90 minutes of indie cinema like every indie movie should be - naturalistic shifts of tone, a camera that plays its role throughout and a story that looks like anything but real life. Swanberg's improvised dialogues let every character or line be even more convincing. A film on relationships that examines relationships as they truly are - Jake Johnson was my favourite performance here.
Not pretentious, and as much as I find the dialogues and characters infuriating their is a feeling of true life that is hard to achieve. Basically a documentary about hipsters: self obsessed, under-communicative in substance and essentially "I refuse to be made to feel bad[...]I am not a bad person"
People familiar with Joe Swanberg's work will know what to expect here, some slightly rambling tale that focuses on character interaction above anything cinematic. Drinking Buddies is worth a watch, but it's nowhere near as good as it could have been. Neither the dramatic nor comedic elements work as well as they should, and it's enough to make you want to grab Swanberg by the collar and give him a shake.
No heroes or villains, just people, relationships and finding out what makes them tick. The majority of my favourite comedy dramas resist the urge to create a moral hierarchy of people. Every character here sways between courage and cowardice, principle and foolishness. I love narrative journeys like this where the emphasis is less on the denouement and more on progressions of each moment.
I love it! Messy relationship network where wine personality is not trustworthy: so intellectual and self-centered... Meanwhile, beer rules all the coolness and bonding easygoing approach. Cinematography dedicated to register the simply hanging out there part of life. I'm a beer enthusiast by the way.