While We're Young (2015)
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Matthew Maher, Amanda Seyfried
Directed By: Noah Baumbach
Written By: Noah Baumbach
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 37 min
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
What was this? A film documenting the transition into middle-aged life and how it changes the relationships around you? Or maybe a piece about purity and honesty in regards to creative freedom and documentary film making? To be brutally honest, I think this was a hipsters wet dream. A movie where the bad guy wins (because that’s soooo ‘authentic’), and the rest of us have to accept that’s just the way things are now – so deal with it. Not bloody likely.
News flash! 40+ years on this planet does not make you OLD (as this film would have you believe). This age is kinda-awesome in all honesty. You’re still physically and mentally capable, yet able to direct your energies in a much more meaningful way. You’re finally ‘mature’ (there are exceptions to the rule of course), and you’ve hopefully made most of your big mistakes. Sure, you’re going to make a few more before your time is up, but if you’ve bothered to pay attention during those informative years, any new miscalculations should be fewer and further between each other. Giving you plenty of time get stuff done, and done well. Because now you know how to measure and control your creative energy, and tackle new projects in a way you can maintain.
At the center of this film, are Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts). Two mostly unlikable adult children who seem to have been born yesterday. Waxing poetically about the years they clearly wasted, while easily falling under the spell of hipster king, Jamie (Adam Driver). A 20+ year old film maker that’s obviously on the take. But somehow becomes the very tonic Josh and Cornelia need in their lives. And they are whisked away on crazy adventures as they try to process director/writer Noah Baumbach’s idea of a midlife crisis.
This film bloviates spiritual crap, while spinning its characters around to end up where they should have started. It’s central conflict and nemesis twists and turns in very sinister ways, yet there’s no satisfactory resolution to that story. It just ends, and we’re supposed to be satisfied because Josh and Cornelia decided to let it go and get on with their lives. Which left me feeling cheated and angry.
This was not my cup of tea (obviously). If a film has a villain, then I’d like that asshole to get his or her comeuppance during the dying moments of the movie. If you feel the same way, then you’re probably not going to like this film. This movie is rated R for language.
This film will be serviced well enough with a regular definition rental on your TV, laptop, tablet or phone.
Worst moment: << more spoilers >>
The entire scene with the shaman didn’t work for me. A bunch of grown ‘adiots’ drinking some kind of hallucinogen, which their bodies clearly don’t like – resulting in a lot of vomiting – sorry, cleansing! Eye roll.