Disappointment, i expected a lot more. Wes Anderson style (or rip off...) + That '70s Show + The Mighty Boosh grotesque and nonsense, all for a failure result for me. A coming of age quite boring (pace issue, & too much nonsense scenes) and forcing too much on originality in the end.
"If it's for me, don't answer it." Matthew Whittet, as Greta's short-shorted, corn-witted dad, totally steals the show from Matthew Whittet, screenwriter. And Harrison Feldman is a pleasure to watch, despite being made to shoulder more than his share of the film's charming but well short of sure-fire whimsy. When Greta finally sleeps down a rabbit hole, the resultant fantasy, never un-neat, undercuts GA's strengths.
Even if it looks like (and is) a pastiche of Wes Anderson, Jared Hess and Belle & Sebastian, it mostly works for its leads earnest deliveries and fun visuals. But it is kinda amateurish and though that in itself makes it more charming, it also feels a bit undercooked. That said, it is still an impressive debut by Rosemary Myers.
7/10 Greta Driscoll s'apprête à fêter sans grand enthousiasme ses 15 ans. Mémorable, cet anniversaire mouvementé va propulser l'adolescente introvertie dans un univers parallèle. Comédie acidulée et inventive, Fantastic birthday analyse avec finesse et malice les affres de l'adolescence. Chronique à lire sur Citazine : http://www.citazine.fr/article/fantastic-birthday-greta-au-pays-hormones
Initially totally on board with the compositional efforts on screen, esp. that opening shot which introduces the aspect ratio and distinct framing, only to feel slightly betrayed by its shift into full surrealism. The shift embraces some half-defined symbolism for finding your own song, ironically by aping the likes of 'Mighty Boosh', and the film never reaches the heights of that dance scene just prior to crisis.