Always liked this little underseen gem when it came out (in the early 00s when these kinds of dark character studies were all the rage), and pleased that it holds up wonderfully.
Perhaps my favorite Penn performance.
You will be entertained. You will be bored. You will not be surprised. You will like The Batch. You will be let down by the handling of certain story elements. You will reaffirm your problems with the biopic. You will wish you could've just watched it late night on Netflix without having to attach a whole lot of investment. You will wish for more artfulness. You will feel sorry for Alan Turing. You will go on with your day.
I was going to glibly subtitle this "Or How Not to Become a Spinster," but then realized there are so many complexities going on here with this character and this story, that it would truly do it an injustice.
This piece is miraculous in every sense. Noted comparisons to great 70s American female-centered dramas are exactly right, as this patient, full-measured drama shows you all the small moments (with some big) that results in truly heartbreaking self-realization.
Frances McDormand is flawless, Bill Murray is really phenomenal here, and Richard Jenkins, oh Richard Jenkins - he is a marvel.