Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Margot at the Wedding movie review

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black, John Turturro, Zane Pais
Director: Noah Baumbach
Running time: 1 hour and 33 minutes
  "Margot at the wedding" is literally about Margot who went at a wedding. No, I'm kidding, it's much more than that. The movie picks up with Margot (Nicole Kidman) and her son on the train going to visit Margot's sister that is getting married. During the movie we explore Margot's relationship with her sister, her son, her husband and how Margot reacts and thinks in general.
  I have to say i really liked it. It was a little wacky and weird but, also, felt realistic and genuine. The main theme of the movie was the relationship between the sisters (Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh). They talked about one another behind the other's back but they felt like real sisters (there is a specific scene where they talked about the past and laughed about it when you could see how comfortable they felt with each other). And even though the one criticized the life choices of the other you could see the love they had despite their estrangement. Moreover, another element of the movie i really liked was how troubled Margot was and how that was portrayed in really settle ways during the movie. There were not any big, yell-y and dramatic scenes but you could see from the way she would talk to her son or her sister or how she would react to situations that Margot wasn't just a regular person but that she had issues. Finally, there were, surprisingly, some funny scenes and what i liked the most about them was that the movie was not a comedy but the scenes were funny in a way they would be in real life. Not in a big way but in an everyday kind of way.
  One thing that would really annoy me in any other movie but felt right for this one is that there are many things happening but non of them is explained further. For example there are the neighbors that want to cut down the tree or Becky, who is the third sister, or their mother or almost anything really. However i felt that the movie didn't have to explore any of those things. I viewed it as more of a film that showed us Margot at a given moment and how she handled a certain situation rather than a film that showed us Margot and her life in general. In the same spirit i thought the ending was perfect. Even though i was taken aback with surprise at first, the more i thought about it the more i realised that as i said before the movie was about Margot at the wedding (pretty spot on title) and it didn't have to end with a big finale. It, instead, ended in a realistic way that showed that, ultimately, nothing changed and everything stayed the same.
   As a bad thing i really can't find anything to say. The movie felt realistic and it had a artfulness to it so if you are not into more artsy movies maybe you won't like it but i am and i enjoyed every minute of it.
  In conclusion, a realistic movie that says a story in its own way. Definitely worth a watch in my opinion.
Score: 83%

Paramount Vantage