A fan tells the author Miranda a book she wrote “…reminded me of the women in my life who I love a lot." This is what came to mind early in the movie as Cyd, her girlfriend Katie, and Cyd's aunt Miranda were instantly fully-fleshed characters having loving, honest conversations about their interests, pasts, goals. While the plot strays a little here and there (especially one instance with Katie), and I kept expecting a little more of Cyd's past and her personality's precociousness felt a little unnatural at times, it's a refreshing and powerful coming-of-age story - beautifully told with solid writing and visually-pleasing cinematography.
Visually the film delivers on so many levels as well as the soundtrack. And, I appreciate Jonze's loose cinematography, but the imbalance of the layered story and its expression made me continually frustrated and unfulfilled. Max's escapism is as complicated and morose as his real life. What might've felt like a kid going into his backyard and dreaming up animals and places to get away from home - something we've all done growing up - becomes more of a kid…
Every time I watch this movie, I pick up something new in the dialogue that is absolutely horrible to my ears yet completely hilarious. I would love to get paid to listen to Peter Capaldi's imaginative insults for they are much more creative than anything I could never dream of uttering myself. If you're a fan of satirical documentaries such as The Office with far more adult-language than you could ever dream, this is for you. Sometimes you just need to watch people lose their sanity over the insanity of politics and running the world from inside the government.