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The Squid and the Whale
Joint custody blows.
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
I absolutely loved this movie and I think that's mainly due to the performances of: Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Laura Linney, and Owen Kilne. Along with the acting, Noah Baumbach's writing is superb.
Dad is a pretentious jerk. Mom is having serial affairs. Little brother is cursing like a sailor, masturbating at every opportunity and smearing his semen on library books. Older brother is plagiarizing Pink Floyd lyrics and passing them off as his own. But hey, it's Brooklyn in the 1980s. The solution, of course, is for the parents to divorce and arrange for joint custody of the kids. Or is it?
This highly autobiographical family drama from Noah Baumbach is a testament to the director's talent and ability to bring the best out in his actors, even on an indie budget. The dialog and situations seem starkly real. There's tension. There are shocks. And there is resolution, but only of the…
Noah Baumbach's breakthrough feature is a smartly written, aptly directed & brilliantly performed indie that cleverly combines the elements of drama & comedy into one gripping story, is filled with authentic, fully-drawn characters, and offers an honest take on divorce & how it affects everyone who is part of the family.
Set in Brooklyn during the 1980s, The Squid and the Whale tells the story of two boys whose lives are turned upside down when they learn that their parents are separating and are going to share a joint custody. Having trouble in adjusting to the suddenly changed situation in the house, the two kids respond in their own ways to cope with the trauma.
Written & directed by Noah Baumbach, the film sets…
Review In A Nutshell:
Marriage is difficult, we all know that, but we now live in a world where it seems divorce is the only, or at least the easiest, option. I am so fortunate to say that my parents are still together, but there had been a couple of moments where it was just about to fall apart and forever change my life. Now with those near misses, I cannot help but feel paranoid with every argument they have, hoping that it would not escalate to the point of destruction. I know that it sounds selfish of me, but it is human nature for one to maintain a sense of comfort, free from change and stress. I always try…
The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach’s best picture to date, scares me, because I see too much of myself reflected in the broken personality of Jeff Daniels, who represents self-righteous writer and father of two Bernard Berkman, admired by only one person: his oldest son. The picture does everything it possibly can to make the viewer hate Bernard, the prick, the ego-centrist, the failure, the tyrant, the envious man that he is. But damn do I sympathise with the fellow, even when we have not yet met the bad sides of mother Joan Berkman; once this aspect is showcased, the contrast between the moral high and low ground embodied by the two characters at first is severely dimmed. Not…
Noah Baumbach is obviously a very talented guy. Writer, director and indie darling, his films are certainly thought-provoking with the usual indie credentials of quirky characters and an off-kilter look at relationships. This film is no different and although with the exception of Greenberg I've enjoyed all of his movies, I can fully understand how these aren't quite for everyone.
My wife hated this. I could feel the stare that said "what the fuck is this shit". She's not keen on these indie films and asked if this was a mumblecore film (I think she read it in a magazine). A semi-autobiographical take on his own parents divorce and his struggle to cope emotionally, this is sometimes darkly funny and…
Everything about this made me feel uneasy, especially Jesse Eisenberg singing.
Remains darkly funny while you feel the tiresome emotional attachment of the characters. This is based on true events that could have been portrayed as very dull but Baumbach has managed to find just the right actors and a flawless script to make it engaging and heavy. You'll be attached to the characters by the end in one way or another.
I would've liked the film a lot better if it had different actors. I don't like Jeff Daniels, and I really don't like young Jesse Eisenberg. It could have been really good I felt, but it ended up being too predictable and a bit scattered. I liked the idea and the potential, but the realization was very average.
Criterion Collection Spine #845
90/100 (previously 89)
second viewing, like it much more. absolutely hysterical. this is the type of comedy i cherish.
"What is it with schools and making you read the worst novels by great authors?"
The Squid and the Whale is filled with genuine characters. It doesn't shy away from anything at all and at times, depending on your personal experiences, can often feel like watching past moments of your life. Humans are imperfect. We do things for no reason sometimes and we lie and we break promises and treat people badly and hide things away but we also care for one another and Noah Baumbach's never forgets to show this in this little gem of a film.
THE KID JACKED OFF IN A LIBRARY
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