THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU | MOVIE REVIEW

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is one impressive ensemble cast film. Just read the top of that poster!! I am going to see it purely because I love Jane Fonda and Tina Fey, I am also very curious to watch Adam Driver (the guy on the far right on the poster) – he is the lead in the upcoming Star Wars film, I am thinking he is a Sith Lord, evil mofo, but we will have to wait and see. Kernel Alistair hit this one up at the screening put on by our friends at Roadshow Films. It is out tomorrow, Thur 23rd  in Australia, it is rated M and runs for 103mins.

 

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REVIEW BY ALISTAIR SHIELDS

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, this is where I critique you……

A peculiar film, particularly after having just finished watching, and reviewing, THE JUDGE which runs in a very similar vein.

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU brings together a dysfunctional family, lead by Jason Bateman (HORRIBLE BOSSES) and Tina Fey (DATE NIGHT), following the death of their father who sadly passed away. The Altman’s are certainly not a family that wishes to be brought together but upon the dying request of their father they partake in the Jewish Shiva. This ceremony requires the family to remain in mourning for 7 days, hosting visitors throughout the days, to properly mourn the passing of a loved one.

 

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With such a family comes obvious conflicts as each seeks to find themselves within the arms of their brothers and sisters, sometimes literally. For some reason, that is beyond me, American films have now taken to displaying open incest in what you would think would be just a normal run-of-the-mill movie. I guess that may have been part of the reason but surely there is something more one could do to make a movie more interesting. Uncool.

As mentioned, Jason Bateman leads the film as the core sibling, Judd Altman, who has recently experienced a divorce after his wife cheated on him with his boss. Judd is the piece that holds the family together, and they him, sometimes in a dramatic tone, and other times in a more comedic way. Jason Bateman holds the role well and shows his more sombre side, especially considering his recent roles in HORRIBLE BOSSES and THE SWITCH. However, it does seems Bateman is always that trusty, fallback, character in whatever film he lands, would be interesting to see him explore more expressive roles. That being said he does perform his role well and the combination with Tina Fey as his sister Wendy Altman executes very nicely on-screen, they seem almost like brother and sister.

 

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The supporting characters all carry their roles well and have their own interesting stories which you, as the viewer, are actually interested in following. This is something I find key in such films where one story can be completely boring with one just wishing it would go to the cool, exciting, story already (LORD OF THE RINGS is an example of one such film where I find this prevalent).

In the end, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is a film that is very similar to THE JUDGE but with a more comedic side. Those in the film are well cast and the main stars imitate a real life family relationship quite well. An honourable mention to Adam Driver, as littlest brother Phillip Altman, who valiantly captured the complexities of being the youngest sibling and trying to console his older siblings, who all seem to be facing far greater life challenges than himself.

A film of incest, love, romance (that was weird to put those three together), cheating, forgiveness, divorce, birth and self-fulfilment THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is a great movie to watch on a Friday night cosying up to the couch.

 

3 and a Half Pops

 

 

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