I started hearing about this film when it started picking up awards buzz, but I became really eager to see it when I saw the marketing material, which was great. I have to say, even my highest expectations were exceeded by this film, which I think is phenomenally-made and enjoyable.
The writing of this film is extremely unique. It has an interesting storytelling technique that is very hard to describe. It switches focus between characters at times in very interesting ways and smoothly incorporates flashbacks. I was impressed by the depth of the writing. It really poses some interesting questions about life and family. I also love the incorporation of humor into the script, which often had me laughing so hard that I almost fell out of my seat. The characters are also so well-written that it is very hard not to sympathize with them, which I think helped contribute to the extent to which I enjoyed the film. The acting also does a lot to complement the acting. Bening's performance is perfect. She delivers a very strong leading turn that is very believable and reserved. Zumann is likable and well-fit to his role. Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and Elle Fanning are also extremely effective in their supporting roles.
The technical aspects of the film are also thoroughly impressive. The cinematography is absolutely amazing. I love the metaphorical use of time-lapse footage, combined with the use of multicolored tinting (as can be seen in the trailer). The editing of the film is very good too. The costume design does a lot to periodize the film, and the soundtrack choices are great to accent the tone of the film.
Overall, I think that "20th Century Women" is one of the best films the year. It is funny, heartfelt, and well-made, and I highly recommend it if you like coming-of-age dramedies, as I do.
20th Century Women
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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