Margot at the Wedding
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This movie also wears its influences on its sleeve. Margot is supposed to be an acclaimed fiction writer of the The New Yorker [1-year subscription]-magazine variety, and you need to approach this movie as a literary artifact. If you hated reading and explicating short stories in school, you probably won't like this movie.Read more ›
From the beginning, Margot's (Kidman) motives for attending her sister's wedding are suspect. She pretends to be supportive, but divulges her sister's pregnancy secret to her 11 year old son in one of their talks that sound more like husband and wife conversations rather than mother and son. Margot's run away from her husband to be with an old university lover who just happens to live near her sister, and she's scheduled a talk at a local book store to promote her work. There's also the underlying suspicion that Margot may just be around to cull her family's pain to fill a few more pages in her writer's notebook.
I've read the negative reviews here and I'll concede that this is a heady movie. Margot is intelligent and caustic. If you think Annie Hall was irritating, you'll find even fewer in-roads into Margot's character. Margot is vulnerable for five seconds in this film-when she divulges her plans to move near her lover-which makes the ending of the film even more endearing. I don't agree with the reviews that commented "people don't talk this way" because well, ummm, my family does. I thought this was an intelligent and well written script.
Jennifer Jason Leigh's character tells Margot's son that "it's hard to find people in the world you love as much as your family". This family suffers from some dysfunction but they also are blessed with having the kind of relationships that are so intimate they're soul changing. I think the director and writer did a wonderful job of capturing this family relationship. But I loved Annie Hall too. Margot At The Wedding may be an acquired taste for some and others may never get it, but I really loved this film.
It's patchy and uneven, and intentionally so. "Such is life", Baumbach seems to be saying, "..only a muddle of wounded egos thrashing about."
The patchiness extends from the cinematography (gorgeous and crisp outdoors, but muddy and weak-colored in interior scenes) to the performances. Nicole Kidman never really convinces as the Manhattanite writer, Margot...possibly because no scene in the movie establishes the character's competence at her profession. Jack Black, as the pathetic boy/man Malcolm, hams it up as he saws away at his own masculinity.
The best, and possibly the only redeeming performance in the film, comes from Zane Pais as the adolescent boy Claude, the sweet-faced spawn of Kidman, a role that nearly seems "imported" from a foreign film. Yes, Baumbach has seen Eric Roehmer's movies...but does he emulate them, or does he just want to seem "chic"?
There's a good story in this tragic-comic farce, but Baumbach isn't interested in telling it. He just wants to lead the viewer from one quirky, neurotic episode to another. Even when seen as a critique of a certain form of icky, snobby liberalism, the movie is flabby. Woody Allen certainly would have trimmed away some of the excess, if he had directed.
Some scenes are effective, and the film does take risks. It's just that there are too many indulgences. Only the very dedicated viewer will be able to weather the tiresomeness of it all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a movie about family. Dysfunctional, irritating, rude, hilarious family. Jennifer Jason Lee stars as Pauline, pregnant and soon to married to unemployed, manic depressive... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cass
Interesting movie, but I definitely would not classify this as a comedy, which is the section I found it in.Published 3 months ago by M. Simpson
I can't get enough of this movie. It makes me very uncomfortable at times but then it is funny and charming in the next moment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Emily Olson
I had seen this come on before watching a movie and couldn't find it anywhere. But here, it is a great movie, wasn't opened, priced great and shipped fast. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Debi Ranck
It's refreshing to see Nicole Kidman act well. I've seen her in so many films where I am not engaged in her character AT ALL, where she acts like . . . well . . . a Stepford Actor. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maxalbert
I wanted to like this picture. Jack Black and Jennifer Jason Leigh are two of my fave's, but the longer I watched the more stupid the story got. Read morePublished 10 months ago by 3G
The trailer looked interesting. But the movie in general is not worth the price , this movie seemed as though everybody was over acting . Read morePublished 11 months ago by j e
If you need a dose of negativity, go for it. There is a good reason why the library has a copy of this... I'd donate it too. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer