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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Greenberg Blu-Ray Review

Greenberg Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Roger Greenberg (Stiller) is single, fortyish and deliberately doing nothing. In search of a place to restart his life, he agrees to housesit for his brother in LA and tries to reconnect with his former bandmate (Rhys Ifans) and successful ex-girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh). But old friends aren't necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself forging a connection with his brother's personal assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig). Despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg comes to realize that he may at last have found a reason to be happy. Critics rave, “Greenberg has a soul, a heart and a sense of humor.” (Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com)

Review: This is not your average Ben Stiller film.  This is an independant film in every way, shape and form.  It was done by Noah Baumbach, who is infamous for directing piercing character pieces like Margot at the Wedding and the Squid and the Whale.  This film is dry, shyly dark and full of realism that will turn off anyone looking for a silly comedy.

Greenberg is a great character piece that really illustrates the human condition.  Stiller plays a character that is so vile and yet he does such a great job of coyly convincing us to feel for him.  This is the type of film that gives me hope in the industry, when you can find a 'big name' actor willing to flex his real acting muscle and not pander to the mainstream.   This is art film in its finest and I highly recommend it.

The film comes off best on blu-ray, so if you have the ability to get it in high-definition, definately do so!

Interest Range: Indie Film, Noah Baumbach