While We’re Young (Review)


maxresdefaultA documentary filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) find their lives loosened up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried).

This film left me more angry than possibly any film I have ever seen before. That is no slight on this almost perfectly executed comedy. It is because it was almost perfectly executed that left me feeling this way.

Stiller (Josh) gives an accomplished performance as the stuck-in-a-rut 40-something with the freedom to do anything but lacking the imagination and spontaneity to make the most of this freedom. When he and his wife Cornelia (Watts) meet quirky young duo Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) they are inspired by the two hipsters to recapture their youth and remember what being young used to be like.

Noah Baumbach’s class as a director shines through and he gets the best out of all his actors. The movie seems to be taking you towards a very dark climax and an extremely interesting one. The use of a go-pro (without giving too much away) throughout the film entices you towards what should’ve been a fantastic payoff. Instead, the last 20 minutes of this film seems watered-down and not in keeping with the rest of the film.

That is what made me angry. This film had the potential to be something really special. Instead, it feels as if the ending has been altered to keep a mainstream audience happy. I’d be extremely interested to know if this is the film Noah Baumbach set out to make. Almost perfect but unfortunately, not.