SIDEWAYS is a very entertaining road movie. I liked the simplicity of its storytelling. Yes, the story is simple so most people will easy to enjoy this movie. Beside as a director, Alexander Payne is a good talented writer. SIDEWAYS is a proof that he could make such a simple story but has a deeper characterization. SIDEWAYS able to make us cared to its two main characters. They are likable, although they're pathetic
An enjoyable but overall flawed road movie. It works on many levels and offers interesting characterization. However, it often feels unorganized and lacks consistency in its direction. I also could've done without the montage sequences. They often felt like wine commercials. Warmly recommended if you have nothing else to watch.
A sharply written and thoughtful dramatic comedy directed by a master of the genre: Alexander Payne. It is filled with interesting, charming and colorful characters. What makes their strength is that their flaws and complexity makes them more human. Giamatti and Haden Church makes a perfect pair together. I ain't a wine lover but I would have loved a bottle while watching it. "I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!"
The 'unfitingness' of the couple adds nothing but even more fun into their chemistry. An exemplary character depiction by Giamatti; hard to beleive that he's not inventing the Miles' posture, his way of climbing of stairs, putting the glass on the table etc. right in front of the camera.
Just recently thought about how much more difficult it is to make a really good comedy as opposed to almost any other genre. And there it is: Alexander Payne's roadmovie "Sideways", a perfect mix of scenes that will make you fall off your sofa laughing, great observations and contemplations about life in general and wine in particular and a looming melancholy, perfectly embodied by Paul Giamatti. Stellar!