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Garden State [Sep. 24th, 2004|01:54 pm]
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Garden State
Zach Braff, 2004
Rating: 7/10

karinkarinkarin and I saw Garden State yesterday. Overall, I really enjoyed it. The theme is cliche and the overall plot arc is predictable but that didn't make it any less entertaining; the movie is about the moment and the mood and in that respect it's very successful. The soundtrack is amazing and complements the visuals very effectively.

That said, it is not without cricism.
Photography: First off the scenes you saw in the preview are not representative of the movie, for better and for worse. When you get to those scenes you feel like they were thrown in specifically to justify the preview. Personally, I'm glad these were exceptions; I felt they were contrived and pretentious. Nonetheless, I was disappointed that while the rest of the movie may feel more natural, the photography was really shotty. There are inconsistent focus and lighting issues throughout the movie. Looking at the cinematographer's filmography this isn't entirely surprising.

Uncomfortable Moments: There were a few scenes which were trying WAY too hard to elicit a response or were otherwise heavyhanded. If I had my way, for instance, I would have removed the entire first five minutes (especially the bathroom scene) and also the majority of the infinite chasm scene which was entirely too ridiculous. These sequences, combined with the shots from the trailer, account for the "art school" feel of the movie and corresponded directly to the moments where the mood was broken (for me) and I found myself looking around the theatre and tapping my toes in frustration.</ul>Still, the acting, overall, was strong and I really thought it was a sweet movie. Oh, and Natalie Portman is a doll.
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[User Picture]From: karinkarinkarin
2004-09-24 05:20 pm (UTC)
...looking around the theater at the like 10 other people in there with us. (I haven't enjoyed a late night movie in a while, and certainly not downtown. ;)

I had trouble justifying the trailer with the movie (and actually, I was kind of confused when I saw the poster, because I didn't think that it matched the mood that was conveyed in the preview).

All that said, though, I did enjoy it, and yes, love the soundtrack.
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[User Picture]From: fuckjaws
2004-09-24 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ian and I went to see it mainly for the airport scene. Because that's what we do in airports. Cry or makeout.

Zach Braff looks like my grade nine computer teacher, which sort of makes me have a weird crush on him. I liked his shoes in the movie. I notice shoes first, always.
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[User Picture]From: tyrven
2004-09-24 07:25 pm (UTC)
He looks like someone I know too, which was a bit unsettling at parts. Same manerisms and everything. Interestingly enough, however, I never noted his shoes. Huh, odd.
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[User Picture]From: enoelie
2004-09-24 07:36 pm (UTC)
Send all Zach Braff clones my way. And if you happen to run into the real McCoy, don't hesitate on that account either. Chop chop! Kthanxbye.
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[User Picture]From: fuckjaws
2004-09-24 08:56 pm (UTC)
He looks like someone everyone knows because he is a Ray Romano/Jerry Seinfeld/something else man. And there are tons of those. Which also makes him very attractive in a strange way. Or maybe it's his uncomfortable body language in the movie, he's so awkward and great. Or maybe it's just his shoes.

I love both awkwardness and shoes. I look at shoes before faces sometimes. I don't even really care about my own, so I guess it's hypocritical. Awkward people just look they want to be touched secretly, and that is sexy.
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[User Picture]From: tyrven
2004-09-24 09:21 pm (UTC)
Ha! I'm both awkward and have nice shoes. There needs to be more people like you out there that appreciate that ;-).
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[User Picture]From: perfectlylegal
2004-09-24 11:03 pm (UTC)
Ray Romano...Jerry Seinfeld...Gary Shandling...

That's Zach Braff.
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[User Picture]From: huffines
2004-09-25 06:47 pm (UTC)
I pretty much agree with your assesment of the film. However, I didn't have nearly as big of a problem with the first five minutes. The bathroom scene...yeah...silly. But it seems like one of those real-life experiences that the writer will throw into his script just to get it out of his head to make everyone else laugh/cry.

It recieved a good chuckle every time i've seen the movie.

The "infinate abyss" stuff was silly...and the dialogue that the gentleman had, about the importance of his family...yada yada yada...was stilted. A very easy, very green mistake for a relatively new screen writer. The other instance of said writing faux-pas: the pool scene, the lines "family...group of people...missing same imaginary place..."

Other'nat I had no major complaints. I was really really impressed with Braff's visual style and use of filming techniques to set an appropriate mood.
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