SWITCH.
MEMBER SIGN IN
    
Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.

SEARCH RESULTS FOR
JOIN NOW.

Keep up to date with your favourite artists and new music with SWITCH. It's easy - just follow these steps:

1JOIN up - it's simple and free
 
2FOLLOW artists and films
 
3TRACK events on your personalised calendar
 
review, Maggie's Plan, Maggie's, Plan, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Rebecca Miller film rating
REVIEW:

MAGGIE'S PLAN


Missing the romantic spark

star, ratingstar, ratingstar, rating
By Jess Fenton, 3rd July 2016
review, Maggie's Plan, Maggie's, Plan, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Rebecca Miller
SWITCH logoReview. 

MAGGIE'S PLAN

|

MISSING THE ROMANTIC SPARK

film rating
THEATRICAL REVIEW

RELEASE DATE: 07/07/2016
RUN TIME: 1HR 38MIN
CAST: GRETA GERWIG
ETHAN HAWKE
JULIANNE MOORE
BILL HADER
MAYA RUDOLPH
WRITER/DIRECTOR: REBECCA MILLER
WEBSITE: WWW.MAGGIESPLANMOVIE.COM
FACEBOOK: MAGGIESPLAN
SWITCH logo
FAST FACTS.
Jess Fenton
By Jess Fenton, 3rd July 2016
stars, ratingstars, ratingstars, rating
Greta Gerwig. I lovingly sigh every time I say her name or even just think of her. She’s so fabulous and talented - sure, her "adorably neurotic ingenue" bit is a little one note, but it’s like chocolate: it’s so good you can have it on its own but if they start adding flavours then that’s a bonus. In her latest feature ‘Maggie’s Plan’, she has neither written nor produced the film - nor has it been touched by Noah Baumbach - yet it has all the hallmarks of one of their masterpieces, it it weren’t for...

Maggie (Gerwig) is an NYU college administrator desperate to have a baby. She’s even enlisted the "donation" of an acquaintance/pickle entrepreneur. After a work accounting error leads her to befriend a "ficto-critical anthropologist" named John (Ethan Hawke), the pair become confidants and professional sounding-boards before falling in love and breaking up John’s marriage to the enigmatic and brilliant Georgette (Julianne Moore). After three years of marriage and a child, it seems that Maggie and John’s relationship has run its course. But ever the people pleaser, Maggie recognises the sparks still evident between John and Georgette and hatches a plan (with Georgette) to reunite the exes, ensuring that nobody gets hurt and everyone gets what they want. Simple, right?

'MAGGIE'S PLAN' TRAILER

What sounds like - and should have been - a satirical comedy-of-errors, falters under the flaw of the story. Surely if John and Georgette want to be together, then they would have found their way back to each other naturally. This flaw in the logic of the plan is in fact pointed out in the film, which begs the question: what was the point? This, sadly and conveniently, is never answered as it pops up around the 90-minute mark of a 98-minute movie.

For a film based around relationships, writer/director Rebecca Miller has written about love but only shows us attraction, so each coupling plays a little less than organic -but for the sake of convenience, let’s just go along with it. So many missed opportunities for such a talented and experienced group of players.

It begs the question: what was the point? This, sadly and conveniently, is never answered.

With a fantastic cast - along with supporting roles for Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph - this should have been knocked out of the park, but the script just wasn’t there. The concept hasn’t been explored to it’s full comedic, satirical, even poignant potential, and this fable about neurotic and narcissistic New Yorkers is now just another story about neurotic and narcissistic New Yorkers.

COMMENTS
TO LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE, PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE OR CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

© 2011 - 2017 midnightproductions | All rights reserved
© 2011 - 2017 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Disclaimer | Contact Us