Funny Ha Ha is convincing in capturing Marnie's everyday life, romantic struggles and the awkwardness of everyday life. The film seems to focus on that generation's difficulties to maintain meaningful relationships, as the characters struggle to express their emotions while still acting very detached, which doesn't work so well for them. Without any action, the film remains very engaging until the "end".
Un exemple assez typique du style "US indie sous valium" : des personnages totalement indécis ont des discussions hésitantes et nombrilistes, évoluent entre un boulot sans intérêt et de vagues soirées arrosées, se croisent à la supérette ou dans la rue, mais ne règlent jamais grand chose... Marnie, ses potes et ses prétendants sont bien gentils, parfois rigolos, mais d'une mollesse un peu soûlante, comme le rythme.
Wow, Ah.....this is so-called "Mumblecore," hm......it's a.......it's kind of......nice, yeah nice, have you seen a movie like, that..... ah, that.......you know, like this before?....... I am.......ah, no, but maybe like "Slackers" or Cassavedes or something......Cassavetes ? aw, sorry.......where was I?.......well........hm, well, nice.......this is nice, you know, nice comedy, funny comedy, yeah........
Mumblecore's often incomprehensible overlapping dialogue breaks all the rules of artistic diction in service of keeping characters true to reality. While I appreciate Funny Ha Ha's attempt to use this to tell and exceedingly unromantic story about an exceedingly normal college grad, the film's experimental nature is its main benefit. I would recommend watching it, but there are better mumblecore films out there.
My absolute hands down favourite genre and this is a fantastic showcase for it. Perfect performances and a wonderful feel to the film. Really strong pace and quintessentially abrupt ending. This film really highlights the internal struggles felt by those in this age bracket and time of life and subtly begins to explore the nuances of fluid and equivocal emotion in a time of self-progression.
If you're ever feeling like you're getting old and wish you were young again, here's the perfect antidote. I'm not sure it's this painful for anyone in the real world but if this is youth the kids can have it. Perhaps it only works for viewers in the characters' age bracket but I found it mostly agonising to watch. More funny peculiar than funny ha ha but really not that funny at all.
I liked the pace and rhythm of this. It felt spontaneous and unpredictable. The semi-improvised performances are sophisticated, as intent is obscured by broken and abandoned sentences. Marnie seems afloat, carried along by the desires of other characters with only feeble moments of resistance, right up until the last abrupt moment of the film when we see her come to a decision. The film is slight but impressive.
True 'mumblecore' with very likeable protagonist, that manages to conjure very realistically the floaty identities of post-grad life. Nice minimalist 16mm feel, and very convincing semi-improv dialogue, albeit even more neurotic and un-self-assured than most twenty somethings really are ..think grungy glitchy Woody Allen, without the Psycho-sexual babble and laugh out loud moments, and you're getting there. Nice film