Margot at the Wedding
I suppose I though Margot At The Wedding was going to be some sort of black comedy, semi-romantic family drama. I certainly wasn’t prepared for a story about a neurotic author whose abusive childhood is the subliminal source for her semi autobiographical books. Nor was I ready for her sever lack of parenting skills and absolute judgmental character that saw herself as perfect when she managed to sum up in her own life everything she despises in others.
On a high note, seeing Jack Black bawling like a baby was almost worth the 89 minutes of my life that had just been flushed down the toilet.
As a character study in dysfunctional families, Margot is absolutely brilliant and Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of the self obsessed, manic, neurotic Margot was creepingly real – to the extent that at times she made me think of how the possessed humans in The Invasion should have acted. Jennifer Jason Leigh’s role as a totally insecure sister (and who wouldn’t be with Margot in your family?) was also outstanding, portraying a woman who is a shell of her former self. Jack Black was surprisingly not totally Jack Black, but was only really there for some slight comic relief, and if not for the aforementioned bouts of girlish crying, his role would have been without any real grunt.
All in all, Margot was a depressing and unfulfilling story about what families shouldn’t be like, and the self-destructive behaviours that continue for generations to come.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Offensive Language & Sexual References.
Duration: 89 mins.
Genre: Comedy, Drama.
Director: Noah Baumbach.
Actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ciaran Hinds, John Turturro, Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Flora Cross, Seth Barrish, Zane Pais, Matthew Arkin.
Release Date: Available now.