Damsels in Distress (2011) Review
I like all whit stillman movies prior to this one.
Damsels in distress is very self-conscious and out of touch, sort of like woody allen's approach to directing twenty-year-old women, mixed with mamet at his least natural (oleana, which is still far, far better than this).
The major part of the movie contains actresses reciting dialog they can barely handle with varying degrees of discomfort and musical cues that don't at all make up for the lack of emotional content. lots of uncomfortable spaces are left for the audience to laugh, and at the show i saw, nobody did laugh excepting a pair of women who were really forcing themselves to do so, which was yet another forced layer of this tedious and often risible movie going experience. while there are occasional moments that could have been funny if the delivery was there, a lot the comedy is very, very broad stuff with yelling and mugging/"funny faces." yeesh.
At least noah baumbach can make a pretty good whit stillman movie these days.