Monday, March 19, 2012

JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME - a quixotic parable

One may consider this a rare gem of a film or complete garbage but that I will leave to you. This little story becomes a parable about three quarters through and you can see it a mile off but nonetheless an interesting development to watch.

The Duplass Brothers, like the Coen's, Polish's, Farrelly's and Quay's clearly have a distinct directors style that creates quite a vibe throughout each cinematic effort. Their three previous efforts, Cyrus, Baghead and The Puffy Chair were enjoyable but like this film, I found them to be a little overrated. The humor is thin and almost seemed to be a marketing scheme from the get go hence I believe Jeff Who Lives at Home would have done better to suppress it entirely and 86 Ed Helms. The film may have worked more for me on a more serious note.

Susan Surandon's character was thought provoking and still steamy at 65. Jason Segel is a good dramatic actor which he shows off here. I like him and will continue to see what projects he chooses next; The Muppets update was really fun and uplifting. 

Unfortunately, I hated the camera work; when they kept implementing little zoom ins for emphasis I wanted to take the camera and bash it into their heads and say, "every shot can be emphatic, try lighting, framing, focus, etc etc but quit the bleeding superfluous over significance." Not a bad movie but a wee bit tedious and unrealistic.

Recommended Viewing: Local Hero - Being There - After Hours

              Bob Scale: Objective: 7.0   -   Subjective: 6.8
             MetaCritic: 60
 Rotten Tomatoes: 74
                      IMDB: 6.9

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