Warning: This movie contains scenes of deceit and self-absorption. Some characters are ruthless. People say terrible things. Many hearts are broken. The implied future is even worse. The Surgeon General has determined that watching depressing movies may cause insomnia.
I knew that Woody Allen's Match Point and Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale are serious dramas, but I was not warned as to how bleakly depressing they are. I could have used a warning. Maybe I should read movie reviews instead of writing them.
I did appreciate both of the films. Woody Allen really broke out of his box by setting a movie in England, and his use of opera music gives the movie a really somber, inevitably tragic feel. Music is important in Baumbach work, as well. The soundtrack sets a mellow 1980s mood that is shattered by the story. The acting in both movies is superb. I especially liked the boys in The Squid and the Whale.
Both movies are excellent and would fit well in the Aaron Schmidt Depressing Movie Series with Dear Wendy. They would also be good choices for movie discussion groups.