I Heart Huckabees Reviews
Having seen David O. Russell's last three films which amassed him several Oscar nominations, I wanted to go back to one of his earlier projects that I missed. I had heard mix reviews about I Heart Huckabees, but I went into it with high expectations considering his latest films blew me away. I was really disappointed with the film despite the talented cast because the premise didn't appeal to me and the comedy didn't work for me either. The film centers on philosophical elements such as existentialism and nihilism, but it is treated in such a way that it seemed as if they were making fun of these theories without actually being funny. It isn't as deep as it is trying to be and despite the style that David O. Russell brings to the film it never managed to engage me. It's as if Russell simply mixed all these philosophical ideas in a blender and the result was I Heart Huckabees. The cast made the film a bit more tolerable considering they all bring their unique charisma, but the story simply didn't work for me. It was an annoying and frustrating experience where some of the comedic moments felt forced and unauthentic. Despite trying to be unique and quirky it was a forgettable experience and by far my least favorite film from David O. Russell. The cast put a lot of energy into the film, but it seems to be directed all over the place and the result was a rather pointless and uneven movie. I can see why some people fell in love with this existential comedy, but it simply didn't appeal to me due to the absurd premise. It is no secret that I'm not a big fan of surreal films, but I have enjoyed some when they at least have some narrative coherence. It wasn't the case with I Heart Huckabees.
The cast in this movie is extremely talented, and we have come to expect this coming from a Russell film because every actor in Hollywood is lining up to work with him. Jason Schwartzman is the sort of actor who is perfect for these quirky films. He is at his best working with Wes Anderson, and here he seems to be playing one of his characters. His chemistry with Jude Law and Mark Wahlberg was great. Perhaps the reason why I didn't hate this film was due to their performance because they elevated the material for me. Wahlberg had the funniest scenes and the only time I laughed in this film was with several of his anger outbursts. Naomi Watts and Lily Tomlin also delivered strong performances. Dustin Hoffman was a bit too quirky and his character was actually inspired by Russell's philosophy professor (Uma Thurman's father). I imagine he was highly exaggerated because his character was really out there. Isla Fisher and Jonah Hill have small cameos in this film and it was sort of a highlight for me to see them on screen. This was Hill's first feature film and no one would have imagined how successful he has become (two Oscar nominations for his recent work). As profound as the film tries to be I really don't feel like it has transcended and it should be ranked amongst Russell's weakest films over time.
Tamam. Ama aras?na dü?tü?ümüz...
?u parçac?k ve çatlaklar?n aralar?ndaki
çatlaklara bak, hiçbir ?eyin oyuklar?.
- Kesinlikle. Çünkü bu
yukar?da tan?k oldu?um ?ey.
- Yak?ndan bak.
Daha büyük küpleri olu?turan
küçük parçac?klar var.
Evet, ve ba?lant?lar?n
aras?nda daha küçük çatlaklar.
Ve dahada küçük ba?lant?lar.
Daha da küçük çatlaklar.
Evet, ama e?er yeteri kadar yak?ndan
bakarsak, burnumun nerede bitti?ini...
ve bo?lu?un nerede ba?lad???n?
söyleyemezsin, çünkü onlar birle?ik.
- Görüyor musun?
- Ne yani? Bu ?ekilde hiç bir ?ey göremezsin!
- Bir ?ey görüyor musun?
After watching the hilariously offbeat and outrageously confusing "I Heart Huckabees", you may find yourself repeating the quintessential question that the movie so provocatively asks; "How am I not myself?" This is the one line of dialogue that justifies the entire movie's hilarious sense of disillusionment. I Heart Huckabees is the kind of comedy that is so offbeat and ludicrous that you can't help but admire its lunacy. David O. Russell clearly knew what he wanted with this movie, he wanted to make a screwball comedy that touched base with some of the most sought after answers of our existence. Such as why are we here, what is our purpose, and why do we matter. It's an infectious film that will have you glued to the screen, even if you can't understand almost anything that's going on!
The cast is great! I had never really paid much attention to Jason Schwartzman's career before seeing this movie, but he is a true comedy actor who delivers his lines to near perfection. Mark Wahlberg surprised me. I already knew he could do comedy but it takes skill to deliver comedic timing in a movie as philosophically complex as this. He delivered a fine performance and he and Jason Schwartzman have excellent chemistry. Naomi Watts is nothing short of insane as the spokes model for the Huckabees fashion empire. She is very conflicted with her image and often goes off the rails in some very funny sequences. Jude Law has some great moments as the CEO of sorts for Huckabees. He has a sinister douche bag quality to him that almost steals the show. And he also has some of the best moments in the movie as his character goes through what is quite possibly the biggest philosophical transformation out of all the characters in the movie. And his American accent is good to boot. We even get a few surprise cameos from actors such as Jonah Hill and Isla Fisher. Each of them deliver fine performances. But the real stars of this movie are the two therapist detectives played by Dustin Hoffman and Lili Tomlin. They are both amazing together and are two of the most interesting and original characters I have ever seen in a comedy. Their intellectuality behind the chaos provides the film with some of its most hilarious as well as some of its most thought driven moments.
This is definitely a movie that you should watch more than once. If anything just to bask in the brilliant writing and the hidden messages. The writers have to be accoladed for their daring approach at writing a comedy like this. They could have easily turned it into some dopey rom com but instead added significantly more depth and thought provoking psychological questions about the meaning of life. I Heart Huckabees is as hilarious as it is confusing but all the more thought provoking.
A definite must see more than once.