Review: While We’re Young

– by Alfindy Agyputri

While We're Young posterEvery time I see the name “Ben Stiller” on the cover of a movie, it automatically gives me an impression that it’s gonna be a comedy. At least, that’s the first thing I would expect. He’s a good and funny actor after all, and I guess people love him for that. Well, if that’s what you expect from a Ben Stiller movie, then be ready for another hilarious movie from him. Even though While We’re Young is also a drama, so it’s not a full comedy movie that will make you laugh non-stop, but there’s always funny a essence in it.

The movie starts pretty well with the main characters Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) trying to calm a crying baby with toys and funny faces, and then Cornelia starts telling a kids story – I think it’s the three little pigs, but then they both forget how the story really goes. It’s a great appeal for an intro, starting a movie with the funny bit. And then they start building up the characters, revealing who they are and why they are there.

Josh and Cornelia have been married for a while, but they can’t seem to have any children while most of their friends from the same circle already have one or more. Their life changes once they meet a younger couple, Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). The unique couple teaches them how to enjoy their life, pulling them away from the circle of their age. They have fun together, and as they get closer, Josh learns how to collaborate with others in his documentary project, giving Jamie a chance to explore more about his love for documentary. Josh and Cornelia love Jamie and Darby’s energy, but they turn out not to be as good as Josh and Cornelia think.

I like how it is different from what people would expect. When I first read the synopsis, I expected the younger couple would be those youngsters who are hi-tech – using smartphones, all sophisticated – meanwhile the older couple would be a little less up-to-date, trying hard to keep up. But it’s the other way around. They have some scenes that contrast these two couple. The hipster couple, Jamie and Darby, like old-fashioned stuff like vintage records and riding bicycles. Meanwhile, Josh and Cornelia listen to MP3 players and drive cars. Jamie and Darby don’t really use phones as much, meanwhile Josh and Cornelia are playing with their smartphones and iPads often. There’s one scene in which they forget what something is called, and when John actually wants to google it, Jamie refuses and asks to try remembering it on their own without the internet’s help. It isn’t what people normally expect from a younger couple.

It is a movie about marriage, family, passion, friendship, life, all in one. It can be serious, it can be funny. Like I said, it’s a comedy drama. It’s good because it won’t frustrate you with the drama, and won’t tire you of laughing. You learn many moral lessons out of it, too. The plot is pretty simple, but the character development is there for you to see, crystal clear. Each character seems to develop well. Everyone has changed by the end of the movie, to be better. And the cast play their roles really well, they’re all fantastic, making the characters believable and real (and lovable), they’re all naturally funny.


Picture credit: IMDb, Screen Daily

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