Alphabet Review: (G)arden State

What can I possibly say about ‘Garden State’ that hasn’t been said before?  Better yet, how could a film that’s so simple be so memorable?  Obviously I’m a huge fan of this movie and for good reason.

Written and directed by Zach Braff, ‘Garden State’  takes place over the course of four days in a New Jersey town. Braff portrays Andrew Largeman, a young man who returns home for his mothers funeral after being estranged from his family for nine years.  While visiting the doctor for massive head pains, he meets a quirky young woman named Sam (Natalie Portman) and in the course of four days she changes his life.

It’s a beautiful story about life, love and all the stuff in between. The dialogue is spot on, and the content will have you laughing one second, crying the next and yearning for more at the end. It’s  a perfect film for twenty somethings who are in the process of trying to figure out what life is really all about.

I’ve made a habit out of watching it at least once a month because it’s such an inspiring film.  Portman and Braff are an unlikely yet perfect pairing,  and the highly underrated Peter Sarsgaard also appears in the film.

Across the board, “Garden State” is a definite must see and the soundtrack is beyond amazing.

**If you’ll look closely at this site’s header, you can see a still from the movie!

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One Response to “Alphabet Review: (G)arden State”

  1. TheresaZphotography Reply April 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I love this movie, I watched it a couple of weeks ago. Along with what you have already said about it I also love that it’s human, it’s life, everyone has issues to deal with and I feel this is why this movie grabs at the heart strings.

    I’m not a huge fan of Zach Braff but he really impressed me in this movie and showed how much range he had as an actor.

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