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Garden State 2004

  • Zach Braff
  • January 16, 2004
  • 102 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, Romance
Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from various maladies - opens up the possibility of rekindling emotional attachments, confronting his psychologist father, and perhaps beginning a new life.


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Spoiler Alert2015-07-10T09:25:40+01:00— updated 2016-09-01T19:44:14+01:00

The first two thirds were really enjoyable. A drama which doesn't take itself all too serious. And Zach Braff is a perfect cast for the melancholic and cynic Andrew. But the ending is lame and much too stereotypical! What should this crap with the mother's necklace? And why the fuck doesn't Andrew just leave? Does he REALLY have to go back to Sam?

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Garden State was a really pleasant watch; "pleasant" seems like a very apt way to describe it. Zach Braff wrote, directed and starred in it and he did a pretty good job. The cinematography's really... neat. Every shot's so meticulously composed and the colours are all really nice. In that respect at least, it reminds me a lot of Wes Anderson's visual style. The soundtrack's great, the dialogue's natural, and while the plot's not exactly groundbreaking, it's just overall a really likeable film. Plus Natalie Portman's cute in it, so that's a huge plus. I'd completely forgotten everything I might have read about it by the time I got around to watching it, so I went in blind and it was honestly better off for it. Pleasant film/10.

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