Five Things We Learned - October 9, 2014

Men, Women & Children - Five Things We Learned
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Men, Women & Children - Five Things We Learned

Jason Reitman is best known for being behind the camera on comedies like Juno and Up In The Air, comedies with a message and an emotional clout sure, but with his new film Men, Women & Children, he’s taking on the weightiest topic imaginable, technology, the internet and our ever closer relationship with it.

A starry cast that includes Adam Sandler, J.K Simmons, Jennifer Garner and Ansel Elgort are assembled for this intimate look at a group of high-school students, their parents and the role the internet plays in their daily lives.

It screens tonight in the Virgin Atlantic gala at the London Film Festival, but we caught a screening this morning (October 9th) and have rounded up five things we learned…

 

This film will divide opinion, but you’ll be talking about it for hours and hours afterwards…

The main reason this feature isn’t titled ‘Five Reasons You’ll Love It’ is because not everyone will love this film, in fact, some people with loathe it. Some will in turn be transfixed, others will be unmoved, but, by god, it will give you enough conversation topics to keep going until mid-2017. It wants you to question your relationship with the internet and it does ask uncomfortable questions, but sometimes those are the best debates…

 

Ignore the opening and closing moments…

The film opens with a very portentous voiceover from Emma Thompson, all poise and clean vowels, talking about the insignificance of humanity in the grand scheme of our massive universe. It’s pretentious and actually doesn’t serve the rest of the film well at all. This film is actually at its best when it’s working with the troubled relationships.

 

Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever are on exceptional form…

Most of the people in the film aren’t all that likeable, not at all. But Elgort’s shuffling, sweet Tim and rising star Dever’s complex Brandy are the one pairing you really root for. In amongst all the heavy morale arguments being chucked around and general bad behaviour from all other characters, this pair are the ones who have your heart.

 

If this has film has a message, it’s that no-one knows what they’re doing…

None of the adults in this movie cover themselves in glory, in fact the only universally agreeable thing you’ll come away thinking is that parents have no idea how to handle their children’s technological prowess far outstripping their own. Being strict doesn’t work, being hands off really doesn’t work, doing nothing doesn’t work, if the film discovers one thing, it’s that no one has any answers…

 

Adam Sandler can do sad rather well…

His last three movie have been knockabout comedies, but, as we learned in 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love, Sandler can play the sad, lonely man extremely well. As unhappy husband Don Truby, he’s on excellent form, giving depth and poise in a way that you never thought possible.

 

Men, Women & Children will be released into UK cinemas on December 5th. 

Men, Women & Children International TRAILER (2014) -

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