Justin's Review of Garden State
A film I had every intention of seeing in theaters but somehow missed, and then a DVD I had every intention of buying when it came out for purchase, it is only just now that I've finally caught up with it through the beauty of Netflix. And, I have to say that I'm sorry it took me so long. Garden State is a small film with a big heart, and though it is Braff's first film to star, write, and direct (I can't believe he did all that himself), it comes off as a very polished film. One of the best First Films I've seen a very long while.
For those who don't know, the story revolves around Braff's character, Andrew, and his trip back home to attend his mother's funeral after being away for nine years. As though that situation weren't stressful enough, he's also decided that now is the time to stop taking his anti-depression medication. He feels (pardon the pun) that he has become numb to the world and to his life, and in an attempt to feel again he has left California for his home state of New Jersey without his meds, and we follow him as he tries to reconnect with his family, his friends, and with his own heart and life.
Anyway, it is a funny movie with a touching sensibility, and I hope Zach Braff has more of this in him. This will be added to my collection soon. It deserves a purchase and many future viewings.
Oh, and before I leave, I must give a big thumbs-up to the soundtrack. A very mellow mix of songs, every track works, and I downloaded it from iTunes as soon as I was done watching the film. Nice work.