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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.
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…
I didn't have really high expectations going in, but holy fuck...
this is one of the worst films I've seen in my life.
Just everything about it is awful. Like it tries at every turn to be as pretentious and irritating as can be and it succeeds in ways I never even imagined. The only upside to this wankfest is two fantastic performances from Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney but the problem is they play such pretentious fucking assholes (I'll get to that in a moment). Jesse Eisenberg is bad, but he's not terrible. I can sorta forgive him just because he was still green at the time (I think this was his 2nd or 3rd film) and he's proven…
Noah Baumbach's personal story of his own adolescence and how he and his family dealt with the separation of his parents is a film rich in emotion, even if its characters often try their best to repress them. The conflicts feel real and the characters tangible, The Squid and the Whale is a surprisingly realistic account of a divorce and the effects it has on each of the family members. There are times when it's funny and times when it's incredibly sad, without ever feeling forced at anything. Although not always expressed verbally, one can see the anguish in each of the characters through their actions and demeanors. What I expected to be a highly quirky comedy with a bittersweet…
My initial reaction to this film was "Niiiiice!". Like when a friend makes out with a really hot chick nice. I don't know if that makes any sense, nor do I know why that was my reaction. But it was. But I guess that's cool, because it's a reaction I've never had to a movie before.
The Squid and the Whale was brilliant. The soundtrack was brilliant, the casting was brilliant (Except for William Baldwin, who I thought was terrible, but the character was very likeable at times), the acting was brilliant, Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney's performances in particular, and it felt like it actually took place in 1986. Okay, I didn't live in 1986 New York, but it…
I've decided to adopt a new way of rating films. Instead of rating the film as a whole immediately, I will average out the individual categories which I look for most in film. THis way, the rating will be more accurate, and it will, perhaps, encompass more than just how much I enjoyed the film.
Entertainment Value: 100/100
Average Score: 94/100
The Squid and The Whale is an amazing film. Being Baumbach's best is saying something, as he's an amazing director. If there's something to boast about this film, it's the performances from the very talented cast. The young actors are phenomenal in their roles, and the same can be said for the others performances as well. Baumbach crafts an honest, compelling film about the effects of divorce, and the difficulty of commitment.
Just as a friend related to me, I, too, feel that this is Jeff Daniel's best performance ever (that I've seen). The Squid and the Whale explores the dynamics of relationships as a family breakdown takes place. The parents have done their share of screwing up (and around), and sadly, their two sons now pay the price with a lot of emotional baggage and feelings of confusion and loss.
Every character in this story has a fascinating, or at least entertaining, element to contribute. Even tennis pro Billy Baldwin brings a funny, quirky personality to the table. But the family itself is comprised of such strongly developed characters, even - or perhaps especially - the ones that look and/or feel…
I don't know what I'm supposed to feel during "The Squid and the Whale." Sympathy, I suppose, for two bright boys whose parents are getting a messy divorce. Both parents are writers and use words as weapons; the boys choose sides and join the war. In theory I observe their errors and sadness and think, there but for the grace of God go I. In practice, I feel envy.
I would have loved to have two writers as parents, and grow up in a bohemian family in Brooklyn, and hear dinner-table conversation about Dickens. These kids have it great. Their traumas will inspire them someday. Hell, the movie was written and directed by Noah Baumbach, whose parents were writers (the…
Jeff Daniels + Jesse Eisenberg. Amazing.
A highly successful film in it's purpose.
The issues were slightly too depressing and annoyingly unresolved. Painfully realistic. Anxiety provoking, blunt, raunchy, and heartbreaking.
The "younger" Bernard printed in the back of his book looked a hell of a lot like Peter Davison and it made me sad because why the hell ever would Peter Davison be there.
I'm surprised that something directed by Noah Baumbach AND produced by Wes Anderson didn't look a little more interesting. It looked flat and depressing. I think my expectations were heightened for Baumbach's style from Frances Ha.
I also can't look at Anna Paquin as any other character than Rogue, it's doesn't work. She is not a bad actress, I just have a hard time taking her seriously in other roles. Her presence weirded me out.
Overall I'm glad I watched it, but it made me feel highly uncomfortable and morose, and I'd like to see something prettier and happier next time.
An uncomfortable account of the breakdown of a marriage and its effect on the couple's two sons. I wanted to give the parents a severe talking-to for the way they behaved - they were so very dislikeable and my dislike of them probably means I have under-rated the film. I'm writing this the day after I saw the film and they're still making me cross!
I saw The Squid and the Whale 11 months ago but my memories of the movie were a little bit faded, i remember enjoying the movie and i remember what the movie was about but that's it. Now i had 90 minutes free and i didn't want nothing to serious so i thought yeah why not give this movie a second watch and enjoy myself.
The Squid and the Whale is Written/Directed by Noah Bauchback and it stars Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, Anna Paquin, David Benger and Elizabeth Meriwether.
"In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard…
Noah Baumbach makes Wes Anderson films set in the real world. The Berkman's are not all that dissimilar to Anderson's dysfunctional Tennebaums. Yet, much as I love Anderson's film, I believed in The Squid and the Whale.
Jesse Eisenberg is particularly fantastic amongst a great cast. The dialogue shines as painfully accurate and cuttingly funny. The characters seem human and, more importantly, real. I'll probably feel the impact of The Squid and the Whale for a few days to come. A film worthy of the 'interesting' tag the film is so keen to use.
It was cute.
having just read jonathan franzen's the corrections, and then watching this again, it's a bummer noah baumbach's HBO adaptation never survived; aside from alexander payne, i can think of few filmmakers with a better gauge on the brutal, snarling humour in human pain, or more importantly, real ways to make totally insufferable people strangely sympathetic. eg. jeff daniels' cheap, smug patriarch is just the worst kind of pompous intellectual elitist, but hearing him call his wife's careless affair "fucking torture" connected emotionally anyway and i felt things.
also, the level of astute characterisation baumbach reaches in a film that doesn't even reach the eighty minute mark is crazy.
also, it's a real shame this is pretty much all owen kline ever did.
Harry from Dumb and Dumber quotes a Jean-Luc Godard Film, lists his favourite tennis players, and talks about Franz Kafka.
The Squid and the Whale, is a dense, wonderfully made film about divorce and it's consequences. It follows the parents and 2 children as they all go through wildly varying but obviously linked paths. Everyone in the movie is basically a jerk, except for the minor characters, who are insulted by the main characters behind their backs. It's not all as nasty as it sounds, trust me.
I haven't seen much Baumbach. Actually, just this and Frances Ha, plus his writing collaborations with Wes Anderson. If this is anything to go by, Baumbach isn't really a quirky director, but he's…
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…