At the end of the day, we are all people and we are all on the same boat, but we do have the tendency to classify people and the generations they come from. While We’re Young is a comical piece about inter-generational relationships and more importantly the damage nostalgia and obsession with youth can have.
Noah Baumbach wrote and directed this film independently, with Ben Stiller as Josh and Naomi Watts as Cornelia. They befriend a younger couple, Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) who seem to be a reminder of their own personal youth. Any lover of films with enjoy this movie, as it revolves around filmmakers and the struggles they encounter. Ben Stiller delivers some great comical lines, which work, but is no surprise, since Noah Baumbach wrote the script with Ben Stiller in mind, after they worked together in Greenberg.
Adam Driver is becoming an increasingly popular actor, and he will no doubt shine in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In his portrayal of Jamie, he perfectly echoes hipster culture and as onlookers we develop a love/hate relationship with him because we want his energy and enthusiasm for life, but there is something sinister about him almost staring us in the face, except we don’t know what it is yet. Cornelia expresses it beautifully, “he’s not evil, he’s young.” Naomi Watts is a solid actress, but as enjoyable as her performance is, it does feel that her character was written with a little less depth, and as such there is few opportunity for her to excel, as well as Amanda Seyfried.
Coming to grips with the idea of ageing isn’t always easy. I often ponder on how time quickly passes by, and it is often a source of anxiety, considering that we all have goals and things we want to achieve. It feels sometimes that time is running out. Being able to watch a film that takes these subjects, and tones then down to a comical piece is refreshing. The experiences of these weird but relatable characters are entertaining, and if anything it leaves us feeling a little bit more ok, with the idea of getting old.
I think that Noah Baumbach comedy isn’t for everyone, he often comes across as a Woody Allen idoliser, whilst at the same time hating his guts, in this instalment he is more about the set-up joke, and the cues to laugh are clearer. Hipster versus Ben Stiller, sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
TRIVIA COOKIE: This film grossed more than all of Noah Baumbach’s other films combined. His next film is the anticipated friendship comedy American Mistress.