Movie Review: Frances Ha
This is one of the biggest disappointments of the year for me. The Squid and The Whale is one of my favorite movies of all time, but here Noah Baumbach squanders all his talent for crafting engagingly dysfunctional New Yorkers in a self indulgent film not content to do much more than show a character who can’t get her crap together for 90 minutes. And I guess she’s supposed to be endearing? This movie is a lot like the twenty-eight year old with five masters degrees working at Starbucks (and will probably appeal to them more than anyone else): it just feels like an awful waste. This movie is a series of scenes involving directionless twenty-somethings being annoying and aimless. If that sounds like a blast, you may like it more than I did.
The only good thing about this movie must be the ending, but I wouldn’t know because I couldn’t subject myself to another 35 rambling minutes of it to get there. For a movie that’s only 85 minutes long, that’s not good news.
Things that are bad about this movie:
· The characters
· The plot
· The screenplay
· The acting
· That it’s in black and white for no apparent reason and to add nothing in particular to the movie
Things that are good about this movie:
· That it’s now on DVD and streaming so you can turn it off whenever you want
Stars: 1 out of 5