Despite being another small budget 'young in Brooklyn' woman's story and not my generation, I was riveted. (This came out the year before Lena Dunham's debut) Its patient style allows the audience to live in the moment and the emotions of become universal and very moving. Zoe Kazan is a wonderful looking actress who knows how to underplay. I was enraptured by her performance. The last shot teased out a tear or two.
✺ They mention a British movie called "Zoo" in this movie; this is how I realized what the title of Peter Greenaway's "A Zed & Two Noughts" meant ✺ This movie captures a very specific kind of angst really well ✺ Apparently, this movie was shot guerrilla filmmaking style ✺
The Exploding Girl is a small, introverted rom-dram-com about a college-age woman with epilepsy, and that's about it. The film is really slow and meditative - a little too slow and meditative, actually. Zoe Kazan is good, but there just isn't much to the movie, and it isn't saying anything interesting or unique enough to make up for the lack of content.
This movie is quiet and somewhat tense, but simple. It is very realistic—the dialogue, the interactions, and the relationships portray college students well—but it is also somewhat predictable. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it if you are bored; but if there is a movie that looks better, then you should watch that instead. (Unless you like movies that you are supposed to watch when you are bored, which I do.)
The Exploding girl could have used an explosion. At least then there could have been something that I remember from it. With that being said... I don't support most films with explosions. Explosions should only be used by the following: Nolan, Raimi, JJ, and Edgar Wright. Fuck Michael Bay!
Yeah, it's very indie and, of course, there are some cliches. But what I really liked about this film was how subtle and maturely it depicts feelings. And the cinematography was OK, as for such low-budget one. But overall, the film wasn't boring, thanks to this young, but talented director.
The string of minimalist dramas as of late have been... well refreshing in one sense. If anything I can honestly say enjoyed this film, I had no trouble staying connected but by the end of the film there really wasn't anything I wanted to take away from it. Sometimes simplicity and minimalism simply reduces our cinematic experience to such a degree that I'd rather watch my own life then more films like this.
I give it three stars for effort. Looks beautiful. Nice, natural performances. But let's be honest: This flick is some lightweight shit. Seriously. I'm pretty much pathetic and I've had more interesting romantic conflicts than these two characters. That and the last thing we need is another indie movie about kids in Brooklyn.