Today: May 15, 2024

While We’re Young

Taking a break from the ever-increasing diminishing returns the likes of The Watch and Night at the Snoozeum bring, it’s pleasing to see Ben Stiller once more team up with Greenberg director Noah Baumbach for more introspective middle-aged musing. Can the pair fuse this meta tale of film-making into something that might turn Woody Allen into a green-eyed monster or does While We’re Young feel a touch out-of-date itself?

Content but not truly happy with their lives, Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) have left their youthful ways behind without ever really embracing the joys parenting and middle age can bring. So when they meet the energetic and charismatic Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) they clutch at the chance to embrace a familiar but also new way of life.

So what starts out as an enjoyable and slightly refreshing take on many a fortysomething tale actually turns out to be something unusually different thanks to a third act twist that overshadows what could have been quite a breezy and light-hearted comedy.

As usual, and as in Greenberg, Stiller anchors the film with a sympathetic and warm performance as the gentle Josh, eager to please but unsure what it takes to please himself maybe. Come the rather too-neatly-wrapped ending though it’s clear what makes him tick. And while Seyfried and Watts feel a little under-developed – Baumback taking a more male-orientated focus after the feminine delights of Frances Ha – it’s a shame the former particularly doesn’t get given more to do.

Thankfully Adam Driver’s Jamie manages to more than hold his own as sympathies shift and motives are revealed, making this an always engaging watch, even if it never quite matches the gag rate or depth of Stiller/Baumbach’s previous collaboration.

Still, it’s one to watch while you’re young enough to appreciate what getting older will leave you hankering after.

Previous Story

Janet’s Animation Corner: Spinning Gold

Next Story

Legend

Latest from Blog

Memory

Memory (2023)

Memory is an exquisite American drama in the tender embrace of Michel Franco’s cinematic prowess.

Harry Wild Unboxing

TV royalty Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) is the star of this latest slice of comforting ‘cosy crime’, following a literature professor who teams up with a wayward teen to solve

Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker Unboxing

Described in the blurb as “the most joltingly violent, psychosexual grindhouse shocker of the ‘80s”, the delightfully-titled Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker makes its worldwide 4K UHD debut with this magnificent release from

Magnum P.I. Complete Collection Unboxing

Airing from 2018 to earlier this year, the slick and stylish Magnum P.I. reboot saw Jay Hernandez filling Tom Selleck’s loafers for 96 explosive episodes across five seasons. With a hugely likeable
Go toTop

Don't Miss

Annette

It’s taken 40 years for Sparks to become an overnight

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

2018’s Venom was a decidedly middling entry to the current