Take out the obnoxious narration and overly-sentimental soundtrack and maybe this movie would be slightly more watchable. Ben Stiller? He’s fine. I guess. The son? He’s there and he’s going to college, man. Very exciting.
I’m overwhelmed at how perfect this movie is. Every one in this film, is just incredible. The soundtrack ramps up and builds wonderful tension in these stressful scenes (like the game show sequence), and I really liked how it all came together in the end, even if it was a bit of a deus ex machina (literally?). Paul Thomas Anderson needs to be protected so he can make movies until he’s 130 years old. He’s such a fascinating man and such an authentic director.