Margot at the Wedding Reviews
'Margot at the Wedding' is Baumbach's unsung masterstroke. It's not a perfect film, but the writer/director has constructed a fascinating piece with the perfectly cast Kidman, Leigh and Pais soaking up the screen, inviting the viewer into their world and refusing to let them leave.
I feel the characters also have been excellently cast and the dark dry humor is just my cup of tea.
As with Wes Anderson, Baumbach has developed a look and feel to his films which focus on affluent creative types who have made questionable choices throughout their lives. This film is no exception and its the characters that hold the attention as opposed to the story which is minimal. That being said, the characters populating this film are pretty great.
Kidman is excellent portraying Margot as an ice queen who alienates everyone around her. I love watching her in films like this as she excels in parts like this. Jack Black and Jennifer Jason-Leigh are also pretty great as the sister and brother in law who bear the brunt of Margot's actions.
If you are a fan of Baumbach's other works, it is likely that you will find lots of interest here, if not this is unlikely to convert you. Personally I like his take on the world and enjoyed this a lot....
Someone once told me there are 2 types of movies, art and entertainment, and once you've watched something you should be able to categorize that film into one or both categories. Good movies are easy to fit, great movies straddle that fine line that divides the two categories.
Entertaining it was not. I purposefully took my watch off five minutes into the film so I could convince myself to finish watching it. It wasn't art since the overarching theme of "humans are petty, bitter, and lost," was itself lost through veiled attempts at comedy. I think that this film wanted to show audiences what people are truly like. However, there was no insight, no personal introspectives that the audience was privy. All you get is the shallow facades you are treated to in the real world. So I thought it was little more than an extravagant home movie.