Mistress America review.
written by Souranath Banerjee
A refreshingly intelligent comedy that guarantees a smile on your face!
My Ratings: 4/5.
Personally a fan of director Noah Baumbach, who started his career Kicking and Screaming, swam around with The Squid and the Whale for good, then introduced us to the brilliant Frances Ha, and While We’re Young his latest film Mistress America has finally reached us and it’s simply awesome!
A dry and witty comedy, often hilarious though, which revolves around the unique friendship of two women and their inhibitions.
‘There’s no adultery when you’re eighteen. You should all be touching each other all the time.’
‘You are much more of an asshole than you initially appear.’
‘I don’t give a shit, because I am not a friend of Tennessee Williams.’
That’s Brooke (Greta Gerwig) for you and some of her hilarious dialogues – she being the older woman and a self-proclaimed artist who is always ready with such valuable pieces of advice and comments for her would-be step sister Tracy (Lola Kirke), a young college teen.
In the very beginning of the film Brooke, unconsciously though seduces young Tracy with the promises of the cool and carefree bohemian lifestyle of an artist in New York, but can she live up to her fancy commitments forever?
Mistress America apparently has the fluidity of an easy going comedy but the insecurities and fears, the hopes and yearnings of the characters adds so many layers to the film that it becomes a perfect light-hearted study of human psychology!
A film that hinges on the superb performances of the two lead actors.
Greta Gerwig, (unforgettable earlier performance in and as Frances Ha) in this film joins director Noah Baumbach as a co-writer and also manages to deliver superbly as an internally confused woman who desperately wants to fit in.
And very well complemented by Lola Kirke as the young not-so-confident girl who is ready to be charmed by someone she can look up to but soon finds out how misleading the real world and it’s people can be.
Great screenplay, crisp dialogues and terrific natural acting that makes the film a delight to watch.
Not too early to profess but Noah Baumbach for me is probably the only director who can keep up the tradition of the classic Woody-Allen-style of smart and witty comedy films in future.