What seems to be a popular topic in film these days is following post college graduates who are dealing with a unshakeable general malaise. And since i'm of that age i've been overly critical with the way it has been portrayed. Well this film to me finally gets it right. Some will feel smothered by this, i felt right at home. Baumbach and Gerwig have created something so modern but with a tried and true sensibility.
"I think I'll probably read Proust because sometimes it's good to do what you're supposed to when you're supposed to do it. / Proust is pretty heavy. / Yeah but it's worth it, I hear. / No, I meant the book... Carrying it on the plane."
although i am not an artist or dancer or writer or live in new york (or portland for that matter), i found this story more like my own life choices, in the idea that friends are more important than lovers, pairing off and starting a family at 27 isn't the end all be all of your late 20's, and maybe not everyone knows what they want to do with their life or how to accomplish it.
This film perfectly captures that mid-20s feeling of detachment and uncertainty. The black-and-white format adds a sense of grit and authenticity to the city and its characters. Greta Gerwig is quite charming as the title character.
Plays like a less annoying episode of girls. The scripting is rich, the characters a pleasure to watch and the pacing is pretty even in this vignette on the self-absorbed search for meaning of late 20's hipsters in New York. 3 stars
Content so slight and stale to moments of aggravation, tho this series of primarily awkward vignettes remains interesting in form... Rather play the Let's Dance lp twice over as I wonder what the hell I'm gonna do next. Guess I didn't know when to go out.