🎞 Film Review:
"The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)"
• Writer/Director: Noah Baumbach
• Cast: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Judd Hirsch
• Genre: Comedy / Drama
- Baumbach may have directed another awkward, quirky character dramedy, but this time focusing on a flawed, dysfunctional family and it was interesting! "The Meyerowitz Stories" is about an estranged family reuniting together for an event celebrating their father's artistic work, but is told through different personal perspectives from each sons (Sandler, Stiller) and daughter (Marvel) dealing with their father (Hoffman). I'm no stranger to Baumbach's work, I'm actually a fan of his, mostly everything after "Greenberg (2010)." He's like a more grounded Wes Anderson with a sprinkle of Woody Allen and his latest film is like if Allen directed "The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)." I honestly enjoyed this film for the most part, it felt like I was hanging out with my uncles and aunts all day watching them yell at my grandfather, it's amusing! There's a lot of great dialogue and dynamics with the characters and it's also due to it's great cast! There were a lot of great performances here! Adam Sandler... Oh man, I'm happy to see him "act" again... This is his best performance in many years! Also Ben Stiller gave a great, emotional performance and it's funny to see him and Hoffman having a "Fockers" reunion, playing father and son again! Dustin Hoffman is great as always, as well as Emma Thompson! But the breakthrough star here is Grace Van Patten who plays Sandler's daughter. She was great! As for issues with the film, I think that there are certain parts that felt a little too sporadic and certain scenes overstay it's welcome... Overall, I enjoyed "The Meyerowitz Stories," I think it's a good, quirky dramedy, with good writing and great performances! 👍 (7.9/10) (B) - MichaelAngelo
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