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when i left the theater, i felt humbled, and amazed, and a little less alone. stunning technical elements aside, i walked out of garden state feeling good.
Zach Braff (writer, director and star) wrote the screen play for Garden State while in college, a fact made pretty obvious by the lovely angsty cliches. But in Braff's subtle hands, what could be tarnished by the shallow pathos of a twenty-something is allowed to flourish into a touching coming of age story.
The premise is simple and effective: Braff plays Andrew Largeman, a young man who has recently decided to "take a vacation" from the numbing antidepressants he has been on for a decade. He flies home from LA for his mother's funeral, and happens to meet a quirky beauty named Sam (Natalie Portman). As Andrew reimmerses himself back in his home town in the Garden State, he must deal with old friends, new love, and deep family issues. All within four days, of course.
Lucky for us, four days is equivilent to about a fast paced hour and a half. Natalie Portman steals every scene, with her charming lies and intense facial expressions. Although Braff and Portman don't seem to exude tons of sexual chemistry, their jarring interactions are flawless.
No, Garden State won't win a slew of Oscars. But it will win you over anyway, dead hamster or not.
There is a tremendous heart to this film, characterized when Braff, Natalie Portman, and Peter Sarsgaard's characters both literally and metaphorically unleash a scream into the "eternal abyss." Their pent-up frustration stems from the recognized irony that each of us is trapped in a world not of his own making with all of its seemingly irrational expectations and demands. Though we may anesthetize ourselves from the sad truths behind our sustaining myth of self-determination, we risk blinding ourselves to the great redeeming aspect of our existance: the love of the people around us.
Natalie Portman as Largeman's girlfriend, Sam, is utterly luminous here. Not to mention she made me fall in love. I am embarassed to say I had to wait for the end credits to discover who this wonderful actress was (I have religiously avoided the obscenely over-merchandised Star Wars films of late and knew little of her adult work since her childhood debut in "The Professional.") Meryl Streep -- your spiritual daughter and future heir is growing up quite nicely.Read more ›
One of the best things about it is that it's nothing like any movie you'll ever see. It's not a movie where you can coherently answer the question, "What's it about?" because the plot doesn't follow the average story line. I guess you could say that Garden State is about people. It's a love story of the highest sort. Not only between a man and a woman, but between a man and himself. It's the story of the most significant journey in a man's life--the journey home.
What really makes this movie stand apart from others is the writing. Zach Braff, who also directed and starred in the film, brilliantly crafted a screenplay that both connects you with the characters and allows you to examine your own life in their context. However, it wasn't brooding or dark in the least. In fact, you often laugh despite yourself throughout.
This is due only in part to the writing, as the acting is also superb. Braff really develops his character (Andrew) as the movie progresses. Natalie Portman shines as the quirky, lovable Samantha who absolutely transforms Andrew's life. All of the other characters are relatively minor in comparison, but they're all well played and accent the depth of Braff's character.
The soundtrack also gets an honorable mention. Featuring Colin Hay, Nick Drake, Iron & Wine, Simon & Garfunkel, and the Shins (among others), the soundtrack is more than just background music. It adds to the mood and meaning of the movie. If my life had a soundtrack, and I wish it did, I'd want it to be this one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent acting and storyline. Someone breaking free and the accompanying story.Published 8 days ago by sue rice
This movie could've been so better... it's all over the place and makes no sense...Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have enjoyed this movie several times. Zach Braff and Natalie Portman portrayed two wounded characters who fall together under challenging circumstances. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Guy Marsden
love Zach Barff, this movie is the best! it's cookie and takes you on a journey..Published 1 month ago by Pukefairy
I typically don't like to watch a movie over and over again, unless it is really great. This is. Great. Be prepared to laugh.Published 1 month ago by B. Jones