Pretentious Movie Review 1: Garden State

Film 4 aired the 2004 American indy movie Garden State last night (view the IMDB trailer here). The film was written and directed by Zach Braff who also stars in the movie’s leading role as a minor film actor, Andrew Largeman, who returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his mother and catches up with what some of his schoolfriends are now up to. There were a series of well-acted scenes and one particularly well-written scene where Braff discusses the ‘cosy’ family myth that as children we all buy into and then find one day has suddenly disappeared and we realise that it is now our own turn to recreate the myth for our own children. Anyway, the film had a gorgeous soundtrack and was the first time I had heard of Frou Frou and their song Let Go which accompanied the end credits. The song contains the memorable lines:

So, let go, jump in,

Oh well, what you waiting for?

It’s all right,

‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

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