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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.
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…
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…
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's The Squid and The Whale just oozes with personal experience from the wonderful director. The fact that it feels so personal is what makes this severely uncomfortable film really work, instead of being an apathetic cringe comedy. The movie takes the dreadfully awkward situation of divorce and makes it painfully honest and human, injecting it without about every terrible emotion and quality that spurs from it. The impeccable screenplay flawlessly juggles jealousy, infidelity, teenage hormones, false intelligence, insecurity, Godard, and more, weaving all of the common themes of divorce in and out like an incredibly uncomfortable ballet that one must watch with one eye peeking through their hand.
The parental characters are both very fleshed out, riddled in…
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…
Wonderful performances by all the ensemble cast. A heartbreaking yet often funny view into the effects of divorce and split custody.
A friend of mine was hesitant to see this movie, because she'd heard that it pushes the agenda that divorce is never a good option for dealing with marital problems. I don't really know who told her this, and I hope this same reason isn't keeping others from seeing it. This isn't at all what I took away from the film. It certainly communicates the idea that divorce isn't easy, on either the parents or the kids, but I don't feel that it pronounces judgement on those who turn to it as an option.
"The Squid and the Whale" is a sad--though at times very funny--look at what divorce does to one family in 1986 New York. Jeff Daniels plays…
A very sharp and realistic drama about the influence parents have over their children and the aftermath of a divorce, though also a dark comedy about how we pretend to be someone we are not. I should mention its great choice of music as well as its amazing performances, specially Jeff Daniels. However in the end I thought something was missing and it seemed a bit vacuous.
One of the best family movies I've ever seen. Jesse Eisenberg filmography is fucking gold
yikes i did not like a single character in this whole film they were all just... yikes
I understand that this is a talented filmmaker's attempt to portray the dissolution of his childhood family in a warts-and-all fashion. While this may be true, and maybe some people find this film to be a cathartic experience, I got only one lesson out of The Squid and the Whale: that I would rather take shots of battery acid then ever spend another two hours with Noah Baumbach or his shitty family's synthetic trauma.
Ahora las he visto todas, Baumbach.
Esta era una de las películas que siempre la cogía en mis manos y luego la devolvía porque no me convencía lo suficiente como para dejarla por cualquier otra película elegida en aquel lugar donde siempre iba a alquilar. Me arrepiento tanto de haber visto todas las otras películas y no presenciar la maravilla de lo que se asomaba de este director que ya se ha convertido en uno de mis predilectos.
The Squid and The Whale es una película dominada de los pies a la cabeza por el director: una cámara un tanto frenetica, actuaciones excelentes y un motif que se paga al final. Siempre me han dicho, "escribe sobre lo que realmente sabes"....y creo que Noah es esa frase en carne viva, al menos lo es para esta joya del cine independiente americano.
This actually makes me want to revisit Frances Bah; I feel like I grossly underrated it, especially when compared to this truly stuck-up-its-own-arse fantasy with nary a recognizable human in sight.
I'm tired of scraggly independent cinema which glorifies insufferable people being insufferable for insufferability's sake. Noah Baumbach's Squid and the Whale—whose titular payoff, and subsequent finale, reveals itself in a slickly clichéd move they taught you in the second day of Screenwriting 100—is a sticky, jerkwater, crude-and-rude, straight take on Arrested Development. It never reaches the wit of Hurwitz's show, of course, but that's the least of its problems. Unlike Whit Stillman in full-on Metropolitan mode, Baumbach has very little self-consciosuness about his stiflingly hyper-sexed, privileged background. Stillman finds…
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