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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…
Pretty good.. A little too over dramatic, very unlikable characters too.. I liked it enough
Instantly favorite, this film reminded me a bit of me, a boy dealing with parental separation. Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson work very well together.
Hey, it's another Laura Linney suckfest. I notice the correlation between the quality of her films and her amount of screen time. Love, Actually has her on screen maybe 20 minutes and it's a great movie. This has her for a good portion and it's awful. This movie is so depressing. Maybe it's because my parents aren't divorced, so I can't relate. But it's just such a downer. Jeff Daniels is pretty hit or miss, and he whiffs HARD here. The only thing I really liked, frightening to say, is Billy Baldwin. I know. Crazy, right? But he's great. When he's not on the screen, people should be asking, "Where's Billy Baldwin?" This movie would be exponentially better if it…
well, that was depressing.
More acutely than I've experienced in a long time, this film captures the process of personality inheritance within families. The interaction/influence between Bernard and Walt is almost painful to watch at times, but it's completely rich. Beyond just that father/son dynamic, the story is so poignant without ever getting sappy - a true accomplishment for a family drama involving divorce. Nothing hits you over the head. Nothing seems too forced. While there's plenty of confusion, discomfort, and alienation, a sense of love shines through, and I couldn't help but get attached to all of the characters. I recommend this film unconditionally.
This film is starting to really rethink my liking of Baumbach. I've never really loved any of his films except really liking Greenberg. I was a bit cold on my rewatch of Frances Ha which made me feel like I may need to go rewatch some of his films, but The Squid and the Whale, which I thought coming in was supposed to be his best film really falls into some self pitying. It never really reaches to the points of awfulness that a Reitman film does, but still its a disappointment that this directors falls for it when he has shown the ability to make funny enjoyable films.
My, this one got me. The tennis, the writer issues, and the frank characters obviously hooked me. It has a very matter-of-factly sequence, yet emotions are present in exact doses. If every divorce in the world were tackled this way, divorce would be less of a taboo.
Los conflictos corrientes de una familia bastante inusual son la base para un maravilloso guión lleno de extraordinarios pasajes e interesantes personajes. Personajes que crecen, cambian y se relacionan creando situaciones magníficas y de gran profundidad.
De divorcios y esnobs.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…