Taking Woodstock is a fun, sincere, near-great comedic film by Ang Lee, who finally gets his chance to cut loose after so many tragic dramas. It's sort of a shame Demetri Martin didn't get bigger roles after this movie, he's pretty great here and the arc his character gets is done in a sensitive and compassionate way; two adjectives that describe the movie as a whole. [cont.]
Loved the acid trip, how it's about "being a son", exploration of anti-semitism, Godard-ish long take through traffic, Dmitri Martin, every performance lol, when Elliot and his parents scare off the mafia, etc. It's an unabashedly hopeful coming-of-age tale that recognizes the power of darkness, e.g. allusion to Altamont, the unyielding primacy of $$$, and the permanence of Eliot's mom's pain (as well as its source).