Proof Review: Margot At The Wedding (2007)

Release Date
November 16, 2007
Director
Noah Baumbach
Screenplay
Noah Baumbach
Distributed By
Paramount Vantage
Budget
$10 million
Comedy, Drama, Indie
Rated R for sexual content and language
92 minutes

Margot At The Wedding
05twohalf-stars

Margot At The Wedding, Baumbach’s follow-up to The Squid & The Whale, takes an A-list actress in Nicole Kidman and diminishes her prestige to a normal, neurotic, everyday human being.

Nicole Kidman plays Margot, a published writer, on her way to her sister Pauline’s (Jennifer Jason Leigh) wedding accompanied by her son Claude (Zane Pais). The groom-to-be, Malcolm (funny man Jack Black), takes on a more serious role than normal, but still end up hilarious (“My scrotum is longer than my penis”). The viewer, in turn, becomes a family member, watching the inner workings of the complex yet severely simple household. Baumbach shows an artist’s hand at creating dislikeable main characters yet investing the viewer enough to care what unfolds.

Margot has a very dry sense of humor, a trait you come to expect from Noah Baumbach’s raw style of drama. The beauty of Baumbach’s writing is finding the humor in everyday life. The idea of a wedding in films is normally so convoluted, with week-long preparations and glitz and glamour, that the simplicity of the party tent and the cutting down of a tree to prepare for Florence’s wedding puts you back in touch with reality.

Margot At The Wedding is not a cinematic masterpiece. Noah Baumbach, however, deserves his place in Hollywood as writer/director for the sole fact of originality and ability to create his own genre of dark comedy. Everyday life can be humorous. All you have to do is look closely.

 

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