Garden State – review

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“Garden state” is like a song you think is weird but deep down you know you’ll miss it when it’s gone. It is this film about a guy, Large, who just lost his mother, has to go back to his home for the funeral and face his dad/psychiatrist who put him on meds since he was 9 yrs old. During his stay, he meets up with some old friends and meets this girl, Sam, at the neurologist’s. They fall in love.

This movie really moves me because it captures a little bit of the absurdity of people and life in general. It questions what really matters and if anything has a purpose. It portrays this familiar sense of boredom and how we can’t feel alive, no matter how hard we try sometimes. Plus, I’ve had this huge crush on Natalie Portman since Star Wars (I really disliked the new ones, but she’s still gorgeous in them) and I think she’s just amazing playing the part of this quirky/sad girl who laughs just a little bit too hard for us to believe she’s really happy.

The soundtrack is great, featuring The Shins and Nick Drake to name a few artists.

My favourite scenes were the one were Sam and Large meet for the first time because it’s hi-la-ri-ous; the one where they’re in Sam’s room and talk about what makes us unique and how, maybe, it makes us less pathetic sometimes; and the one where they watch Sam ice-skating on TV. Weirdly enough, that scene reminded me a bit of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in the way it was dreamy, dark, and featured some dancing on ice.

All in all, it’s a good movie, and, like that weird song, the more I think about it, the more I’m falling in love with it.

Best quotes:

  • “It’s like you feel homesick for a place that doesn’t even exist. (…)Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place.”
  • “If you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to seem a whole lot longer than you’d like.”
  • “That’s life. If nothing else, It’s life. It’s real, and sometimes it fuckin’ hurts, but it’s sort of all we have.”

 

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