Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Maggie's Plan (Rebecca Miller)
Starring: Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Greta Gerwig, Wallace Shawn, Mina Sundwall, Jackson Frazer
My thoughts on this film: Maggie's Plan is only technically a Greta Gerwig movie as she is the star of the film, and it displays her style of comedy. Maggie's plan is to have a baby using the sperm of a maths genius turned pickle-maker and raise it all on her own. As they do in life, plans change when she falls in love with a College Professor, played by Ethan Hawke, and he leaves his troubled marriage for her. Deep into the commitment her feelings for him change and rather than end the relationship, she comes up with another plan to get him back together with his ex-wife, played beautifully by the always amazing Julianne Moore.
It is a complex plan to a a complex situation, which is perfect for someone like Gerwig, and this is what makes the movie interesting to watch. I did giggle a few times but the comedy was overall too quiet for me, even with Saturday Night Live Bill Hader and the spectacular Maya Rudolph as supporting characters, who could have easily turned this up a notch.
I did not laugh that hard, but the overall punch line makes Maggie's Plan a good one.