The Meyerowitz Stories

The Meyerowitz Stories

The Meyerowitz Stories

2017.  Directed by Noah Baumbach. 

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In his newly released film, writer director Noah Baumbach aims low and shoots high with his portrait of an estranged, dysfunctional family. Dustin Hoffman, is a neglectful father and struggling artist.  His children all have their own complications: Adam Sandler is a musical prodigy drop out, while Ben Stiller a selfish and distant lawyer. Elizabeth Marvel plays their sister, who dry sense of humor provides the bulk of the film's lighter moments.

Noah Baumbach effectively creates a relatable atmosphere using a balanced mix of drama and comedy, capitalizing on an intelligent, well-written script and solid direction.  Overall, The Meyerowitz Story reminded me somewhat of my own family: growing up being the odd one out trying to grow and create an identity. Throughout the film there is a lot of generated empathy for the characters; they are not the greatest people, they are flawed and frustrated, but they are also living their lives with uncertainty, lingering in the shadow of their father.

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There are some parts in the film that tend to drag out while others feel bland and straight forward.  Nevertheless, there is something to be said for the performances of Stiller and Sandler. They create a unique array of exchanges that feel very real with respect to siblings in similar situations.

Overall, it is a solid effort full of sincere validation backed by immensely strong and confident performances.

☆☆☆

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