Sunday, December 2, 2012
Damsels in Distress
The problem with the film, as I see it, is that it's either a little too whimsical or not quite whimsical enough. It is certainly the least realistic of Stillman's four feature films, e.g. it has musical numbers. It reminded me of a musical college comedy from the 1930s, with its oafish Greeks, and its bright young thing females. I almost wish he'd just taken it farther, made it a wholesale musical comedy. Of course, if you do that, it would help if the leads could sing and dance. Greta Gerwig has a lot of talent but dancing doesn't appear to be one of them.