Cert: 15 Runtime: 97 mins Director: Noah Baumbach Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Matthew Maher, Peter Yarrow, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried
Josh, you know the world isn’t a giant conspiracy against you
Noah Baumbach is an intriguing film-maker he seems to be popular with critics but not so much at the box office. While We’re Young is the latest film he has released, I wasn’t that intrigued by it originally but I’ve caught up with it now. What is While We’re Young about then? A middle-aged documentary filmmaker and his wife recapture their youth after striking up a friendship with an aspiring young director and his girlfriend. Josh (Ben Stiller) and his wife Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are a childless couple living in New York, who are surrounded by friends with young children. After two miscarriages Cornelia feels that her opportunity to become a mother has passed, while Josh, a once-acclaimed documentary filmmaker is struggling with his latest project ¬- a daunting think-piece about the American war machine – a decade after first embarking on it. Everything changes when they meet 20-something aspiring documentary filmmaker Jamie (Adam Driver) and his urban hipster girlfriend Darby (Amanda Seyfried). Soon Josh and Cornelia find themselves turning down the usual baby-centred invites to hang out with their new friends in an attempt to recapture their faded youth.
I love the concept for While We’re Young. The idea that as you grow older as a couple you tend to fall out of touch with your friends and by counteracting that you try and connect with a younger couple. I think just that idea and focus in general is flat out hilarious.Well while ‘While We’re Young’ gives us quite a few laugh out loud moments and some great integral ideas, due to a weak middle half it turns out to be just your average adult comedy.Naomi Watts is in film after film these days. I fell in love with her performance in Mulholland Drive and I don’t think she cant do any wrong (we will forget Diana). Couple that with Ben Stiller, who excels at dramedies and you get really great chemistry on screen. One of the major highlights of the picture was Watts and Stiller attempting to catch up with the younger crowd. Watts’ hip hop failure and Stiller’s wannabe Adam Driver look shared an equal amount of laughs. Speaking of Driver, he plays a young documentarian, married to Amanda Seyfried. They attend Stiller’s film class, who is also a fellow documentarian, and seem to be truly caring about Stiller and his passion for film.
As the couples get closer and begin to overstep each others boundaries a bit, chaos ensues. Which is the main part of the film that I didn’t like. I think the ayahuasca segment was where the film took a step back and got just a little bit too goofy. That’s not to say that it doesn’t recover and have a redeemable ending, because it does. But I just wish the middle part was switched around story wise.I enjoyed the lead performances, especially their ability to balance the comedic relief with the hardcore realistic dramatic elements. I think the film has a lot of good things to say about getting older and letting everything else get in the way of your dreams. I also love the whole added element of technology and uncertain future feel to it. This is a hipster movie I will add and Baumbach rubs it into your face big time.