Review: Synecdoche, New York

Movie Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ 

Synecdoche, New York

This film came incredibly well received (Golden Palm nomination at Cannes, Independent Spirit Award, LAFCA, Austin Film Critics Award ) with a phenomenal cast (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Catherine Keener, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Michelle Williams, Dianne Wiest, Emily Watson) and gave me a headache. I’m sure this was an amazing film. I’m sure that if I had invested the mental energy into understanding the deep, rich story, I would have walked away feeling better about myself and the world around me.

It was too hard to watch. It was too much work. Anyone who pretends to love it after one viewing is either a) lying, b) overly pretentious, or c) crazy.

If you can sit down to watch this on a Saturday night, with a bowl of popcorn and a light spirit, and can last more than thirty minutes, then you’re a better man than I am. Really, it’s hard work.

Netflix streaming to the 360.

Netflix Streaming to the XBox360.

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