While We're Young Reviews
Anyone feeling wistful about their youth will likely relate to the many truths this film holds a mirror to, more than once cutting too close to the bone. I came out feeling wiser and enriched. I think you will too.
Overall, the film is amusing and will appeal to an older audience with a bohemian attitude who is willing to learn and unlearn about life.
A delightful and witty comedy, it warmly embraces the likes of us while gently treating those others, ribbing both and mocking none.
...works at many levels — it is at once a humorous jab at our varied obsessions, be it with technology, or with keeping up, or with wanting to stay young. It’s also — like that column written by Cheryl Strayed — a look at youth and all its charm and promise and pretensions. It’s a look at the things we get to know only when we’re no longer so terribly young: That “about eight of the 10 things you have decided about yourself will over time prove to be false”. And that the other two “will prove to be so true that you’ll look back in 20 years and howl”.
While Adam Driver plays Jamie, the young blowhard well enough, Josh needed an actor who can infuse his being with cruelty, envy and contempt but then render these vices entirely human.Unfortunately, Ben Stiller plays him with a cocksureness that strips away the confusion his character is mired in and makes him appear like a glorious party-pooper, nothing else.
This is the first truly great film of 2015. It is a film worth watching and recommending and loving, like a novel you can’t wait to lend to friends you care about. And as the end-credits rolled with Golden Years playing, I realised even David Bowie’s older now, too. And that doesn’t seem so bad. Just look at Woody Allen.
...the deft editing and the quick pace makes this a fun watch.
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts have never been so likeable, nor have Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. They're all perfectly cast and perfectly convincing, complemented by crackerjack dialogue. The film has released in limited screens in India, if you find a theater playing this movie I highly recommend you catch it as soon as possible.
Baumbach is a thoughtful filmmaker, his cast is stellar and Ben Stiller( who starred in Baumbach’s Greenberg) is endearing as usual.
Watch it for Ben Stiller and Adam Driver, who both shine in their own right. Charles Grodin has also made a brilliant appearance. Catch it over the weekend!
There’s a sharpness here, allied with a lightness of touch, that recalls recent Woody Allen. Though Baumbach has always doffed his hat to Woody, it’s difficult to imagine the old master doing better with the same material.