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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…
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…
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…
.....Baumbach Part 2: 'Origins'
From here I learned an interesting cycle in which these film makers seem to draw from each other, or at least did at one point in time.
Wes Anderson —> Noah Baumbach —> Woody Allen? (and repeat?)
Well directed, acted and scripted movie about two brothers dealing with the divorce of their parents. Jesse Eisenberg shines as the older brother. A tight 81 minute movie that doesn't waste anytime during its scenes.
jesse eisenberg looks like the human version of a mole rat
This column originally appeared in The Independent on Sunday:
“Mom and me versus you and Dad.” So begins Noah Baumbach’s second film as tennis doubles partners are decided upon and the entire plot of the film is effectively foreshadowed. With a script this concise, it’s little wonder the running time doesn’t exceed the 80 minute mark.
Shot in just 23 days, The Squid and the Whale (2005) is the autobiographical tale of a literary couple’s divorce in 1980s Brooklyn and the effect it has on their two sons. Baumbach, perhaps best known for collaborating with Wes Anderson, based the film on his own experiences growing up. The tone is so raw and honest that it should come as no surprise…
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Well, this year marks the 10th anniversary of when Noah Baumbach really started hitting on all cylinders as a writer/director. Is this the best performance of Jeff Daniels' career? There's a case to be made for it. I love this movie.
One of those films that you can't believe you hadn't watched sooner. Essential viewing!
This time round I mostly just saw this as a portrait of terrible men being terrible. Entitlement, pretension, self-obsession, etc. I guess it's kinda "one note" in that regard? I enjoyed it a lot.
It's also way less Wes Anderson than I remembered - despite his being a producer and so on, this feels much more aiming at real life etc.
Having watched Frances Ha, I came to the conclusion that Noah Baumbach must be a director to look out for. His big recommended movie prior to Frances Ha was the strangely titled Squid and the Whale. Frankly I think I may have missed the reason for the title.
This is very different from Frances Ha (which kind of felt like a movie version of Lena Dunham's Girls series). This actually feels somewhat akin to Wes Anderson's style. We have a whole group of flawed characters, particularly Jeff Daniels' father figure.
This film further solidifies my belief that Jesse Eisenberg's strengths lie on comedy. Here he plays quite a tragic figure whose father's advice is not only making him act…
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