Sunday, January 11, 2015
Happy Christmas (2014)
IMDb plot summary: After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.
Directed by Joe Swanberg. Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, and Lena Dunham.
(Mild spoilers about the ending.)
This movie wants to be much deeper and more meaningful than it is. That doesn't mean it's bad, though -- it's a good film looking at a week or two in the lives of some likable and interesting characters. Anna Kendrick and Melanie Lynskey really shine here, but then this is no surprise, since they're always good. What doesn't work is the ending, where the "resolution" feels like the director simply ran out of story. It doesn't feel deliberately open-ended or ambiguous, just... unfinished. It's worth watching for the lead actresses, but it's not that great in and of itself.
Flickchart: #956 out of 2296, below Hitch and above True Grit (1969).