I was planning on seeing Garden State this weekend, but Becky emailed me today and asked if I was still interested in seeing this flick. Since I was, I responded in the affirmative and we made plans to meet at the theater at 7 (for the 7:30 showing).
My co-worker, Paul, told me that this movie was life changing, and perfect for someone in 'my stage of life,' whatever that means. So, I was excited to see the movie and understand what the hell he was talking about.
After seeing the movie, I still have no idea what he is talking about, and I just might be a tiny bit offended.
First my thoughts on the film:
Overall, I thought it was a good movie. The writing was solid, the acting was good, and there were many truly funny and touching scenes. However, as I said to Becky, I am not sure what the 'message' of the movie was. Am I supposed to stop looking outside for answers about my life? Well, not really since it seems the path to happiness involves being in love. Is the message that love will overcome? Well, the two main characters only know each other for 3 days or so, and they fall in love, however, these 3 days are the first few days of which the main character isn't on some kind of mood altering medication, so is the love real?
Perhaps the message is, you have to scream at the abyss.
Anyway, as we were leaving the theater I told Becky that I wasn't sure why Paul had said what he said to me. I said, "The only thing I can think of is that I am 27 and the main character is 26."
Becky said, "You're 27?! You're so young!"
I didn't ask how old Becky thought I was, but I will take that as a compliment of some kind.
So, in short the movie was not life changing nor was it particularly relevant to me, however it was a good movie and I say if it is playing near you, check it out.
Also, Zach Braff has a Typepad blog about the movie.