From seeing the first trailer for this film, I wanted to see it, as it appeared to have a feel similar to that of the films of Noah Baumbach. So, when it came to the local indie theater at which I volunteer, I got to see it. Unfortunately, the film ended up being far less smart, funny, and original than I hoped it to be.
The writing of the film, while not bad, was one of my least favorite aspects of the film. It has a few hilarious parts, but there were even more parts in which I zoned out. I initially couldn't pinpoint what I thought felt off in this film, but I figured out that I didn't really sympathize with the protagonist. The plot of the film is about the protagonist's rather selfish actions, and I don't really sympathize with characters that are so one-dimensional. The dialogue of the film even mentions this, but it is mostly ignored. Other characters, however, such as those of Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore are pretty well-writen. Ultimately, the fact that I didn't sympathize with the protagonist will likely lead to this film being forgettable.
The strongest part of this film to me was its acting. Despite me not liking the protagonist, Greta Gerwig did do a very good job with the protagonist. Ethan Hawke was also very good, but felt a bit underutilized. Julianne Moore was hilarious in her role, and probably gave the best performance in the film. Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph gave funny performances too, but were both extremely underused. Other elements of the film were good too, including the cinematography and score, but were nothing revolutionary.
So overall, "Maggie's Plan" was a disappointingly unoriginal, but not horrible romantic comedy. It's a short film, but it ended up feeling like it was a bit longer. Some people may find more in the film, but I did not like how the protagonist was written, so I was a bit let down.
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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