of the people at the advance screening last night, i may be the only one who actually liked margot at the wedding. if you want to see a well-acted film about a bunch of family members with a poisonous dynamic getting together to eat each other alive, this is the film for you!
noah baumbach seems to have real issues about parenting. nicole kidman's character may have beaten out the parents from baumbach's last film, the squid and the whale, for the worst parent in film history award. one can only wonder what noah's parents are like. it's always kind of iffy to read too attribute something from a work of fiction to the author's personal life. except that in this case the issue is directly addressed by the film. kidman's margot is an author whose characters and plots are all thinly disguised versions of her own family. whenever members of her family bring up that fact with margot, she always denies it. and yet the film seems to say that the charges are in fact true. so if baumbach ever denies the fucked-up families in his film have anything to do with his own fucked-up family, how could i not take it with a grain of salt?