It’s with great disappointment I report that Margot at the Wedding, Noah Baumbach’s follow-up dramedy, is not only nowhere near as sharp as its predecessor, The Squid and the Whale, but a failure in its own right. Leaving behind Squid‘s relatable adolescent’s-eye view on divorce for a hackneyed, adult-oriented dysfunctional family dynamic, and replacing Squid‘s modest realism for incongruent deep-shadow gothic, Margot attempts more but really offers less. Inasmuch, Baumbach’s weaknesses are devastatingly exposed–the compassion he once showed toward his neurotic characters, starting from his 1995 debut, Kicking and Screaming, has turned into rancor. Margot at the Wedding is mean-spirited, and its insufficient attempts at humor underline a tonal imbalance that hasn’t before been present in a Baumbach film–a depressing thing to witness.
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