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Margot at the Wedding

September 11, 2007


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As if I needed reminding about the nature of my misanthropic, corroded, husk of a soul.

Hai Bhagwaan, I hate everyone in this movie. Margot, the didactic bish; her son Claude, an amazing piece of Styrofoam, formed of freak amino acids; his estranged aunt Pauline, in all her moody and gutless splendour; and, her fiancé Malcolm, the resident buffoon. Any remaining characters don’t really matter, and serve only to further my disdain for all humanity as seen through Baumbach’s eyes.

Taking on unsavoury pasts and bitter sisters, the plot turns predictable but its specifics are humorous. In a particularly catchy first half, the two sisters are seen openly melting into cesspools of passive-aggression through varying stages of sobriety, aided wonderfully by the extended clan. Hooray for neuroses. I was never one to resist the charms of catty wenches.

Done-to-death family dysfunction works in this flick for two reasons: Acting and style. The casting is divine. Nicole Kidman is perfectly believable as a self-absorbed asshole. Jennifer Jason-Leigh can never harm, in my opinion. Jack Black, is, well, funny. Also, John Turturro needs to be in every film that is ever made. These players are complemented by wicked harsh shot-cuts. Chopping into the middle of dramatic crescendos, handheld shaking, dark autumn colours that made me shiver with thoughts of East-coast wind. All of this created a mighty tempo to push along a script that is happy to meander, albeit in interesting ways.

I was disappointed with the ending. It was probably trying to make some sort of mysterious, open-ended statement, about happiness or such, but I got none of that. It was left incomplete. I feel this way because the first half left me longing for more evil dialogue, more funnies, and more absurdity. As the film slipped into convention, I fell out of blind love and into affectionate “meh” territory. I mean that as a glitterati “meh”, which is to say that I quite enjoyed my viewing experience but have my head stuck too far up my own arse to make more of an effort with my adjectives.

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posted by Neha
5:18 PM

6 Comments:

Anonymous brimful said...

I have not seen the movie and had no particular inclination to see the movie, but I have to tell you that this is one of the best movie reviews I've ever read. Especially the part about John Turturro.b

10/08/2007 09:50:00 PM  
Blogger Bubba Free Rain said...

Great review, kickass writing. You ought to post more often. Currylingus: clever and appealing.I think the Kama Sutra mentions something along those lines.

10/17/2007 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous tamasha said...

Ha! Now I feel like I don't really need to see it. I hated the characters from the trailer alone.

10/30/2007 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger Paresh said...

That's it.
This is a dead blog.

11/12/2007 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

Redesign counts as a post!

11/12/2007 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous twinga said...

You've been tagged dear Neha. Check out my recent blog post and see what it means :) http://twinga.typepad.com/musings_of_a_german_girl_/2007/11/seven-randomwei.html

11/15/2007 10:11:00 AM  

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