Director: David O. Russell
Writers: David O. Russell and Jeff Baena
I am a really big fan of this movie and I think it is definitely one of my favorite comedies of the last ten years. It isn’t for everyone but I think that you can’t deny the risks it takes and level the absurdity reaches. It is for a particular sense of humor but I think if you one up and just go with the movie it can be rewarding it its oddness.
Jason Schwartzman plays Albert. He has run into a tall African man on three separate occasions so he enlists Bernard and Vivian (played by Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin), who are existential detectives, to investigate and find meaning in his coincidence. The whole setup is very strange and off beat and I guess can turn people off and yet feels totally fine in the context of the world created in the movie to me.
Bernard and Vivian introduce Albert to Tommy, played by Mark Wahlberg, who is a firefighter having a life crisis post 9/11. The two are meant to use each other as a support through their existential crisis but the two begin to question Bernard and Vivian’s teachings and go off on their own journey.
The wonderful cast is rounded out by Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, and Naomi Watts. I guess I find it hard to exactly explain what I like about the movie. I find it funny and absurd. I like the cast, especially Wahlberg who I think gives one of his best performances in this, and it has a really great and unique score by Jon Brion. I think what I like most is that it is daring and it is trying something more unique. I really did like The Fighter but this is the Russell I am more interested in seeing.