I just came across (via Boss Lady) Zach Braff’s weblog. It’s pretty amusing, and some of the comments are quite good too (if you weed through the “You’re so awesome” ones). This reminded me that I’d just seen his movie Garden State, and so I thought I’d share my thoughts on it.
First, I really enjoy Zach’s TV show, Scrubs, though I don’t get to see it very often. It’s really funny, and sometimes reflective, both of which I like. The new season just started, so I hope to watch most of it.
Garden state was written and directed by Braff. Overall, I liked it. From the previews and his work on Scrubs, I was expecting a comedy with dramatic elements; however, the movie leaned more toward the drama side. There were a few laugh-out-loud moments, which helped keep a movie that featured death little lighter.
One of my favorite scenes was one near the beginning of the movie, at the party. I thought it did a great job of setting the mood of the film, and it showed how all his life, Zach’s character had been watching everything go by him without interacting.
Natalie Portman was good in the movie, though I had to adjust to seeing her play a character so unlike her Star Wars role. She was very cute and funny, and I thought she and Braff were good together. The supporting cast was also very talented.
The soundtrack of the movie was good, and it featured a cool acoustic cover of Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights.” Claire bought the soundtrack right after we saw the movie and she really likes it.
So there you have it. A good, though melancholy film with strong acting, script, and music. After the movie, Claire said, “You know that guy wrote and directed it too? He’s a genius.” Maybe so.