Last year I posted about going to see a really awful movie - "The Life Aquatic", which we thought was a complete waste time. It was written by Noah Baumbach. Standing in the queue for "The Squid and the Whale" we noticed that we were about to see another offering from the very same Baumbach. We nearly changed our mind as we bought the tickets…but were pleasantly surprised at the sensitive telling of a domestic breakdown. The gentle humour was a good counterpoint to the more emotional moments. The father figure was rather two-dimensional for my liking and there was a bit of a so-what factor to the narrative. The movie worked - not as well as Capote - but it worked. Baumbach is redeemed. Not so Roger Ebert. I checked his appalling review of the movie. Who is this airhead who writes: “I would have loved to have two writers as parents, and grow up in a bohemian family in Brooklyn, and hear dinner-table conversation about Dickens. These kids have it great. Their traumas will inspire them someday.”and then concludes that the movie is really about “how we grow up by absorbing what is useful in our parents and forgiving what is not”? Did he fall asleep during the movie - or what?
I have seen both films - Life Aquatic looks as if it will be awful from the trailer. We went to see it on a slow night and thought it was hilarious. Squid and Whale also v. good (why the marine fixation?). The father is such a vain and pompous male academic!!! I think most of us would prefer to be 'philistines' by comparison.
Didn't really see anything funny in Life Acquatic, but sometimes humour doesn't do anything for me! Yes, I would certainly rather be a philistine...but I also didn't find the father figure particularly believable. Interesting about the marine theme - it's just about the only thing the two films have in common.
I liked The Life Aquatic, and so did my wife! I know the 'quirkiness' sticks in your craw after a while, but it had some nice touches, like the Bowie songs sung in Portuguese. Bill Murray's face cracks me up.
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