so....for those who have not had the pleasure --- nay, the honor -- of seeing this film, please excuse yourself immediately, and drive to the nearest blockbuster to rent Garden State.
this is my all-time favorite movie, hands down, and i believe that EVERYONE should see it!
fantastic facts about this movie:
a) zack braff and natalie portman have amazing chemistry in this film, believe it or not
b) the soundtrack definitely is one of the BEST i've ever heard.
1. Coldplay - Don't Panic
2. The Shins - Caring Is Creepy
3. Zero 7 - In The Waiting Line
4. The Shins - New Slang
5. Colin Hay - I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You
6. Cary Brothers - Blue Eyes
7. Remy Zero - Fair
8. Nick Drake - One Of These Things First
9. Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde
10. Simon and Garfunkel - The Only Living Boy In New York
11. Iron And Wine - Such Great Heights
12. Frou Frou - Let Go
13. Bonnie Somerville - Winding Road
c) there's a scene where one of the characters is dressed in a full suit of armor due to his employment at Medieval Times. 'nuff said.
this cinematographic style of this movie is pretty rad, and the tone of the film is fairly mellow, albeit a bit dark. Zack Braff's character (Andrew Largeman) really sends out the message that he is desperately reaching out for normalcy, even though he has been doped up on prescription drugs since he was a young boy to prohibit him from "going crazy" after a tragic accident left his mother confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of her life. He isolates himself from those who know and love him after he moves to California to pursue an acting career, but is forced to come home after his mother unexpectantly dies. Throughout the movie, Largeman grasps onto tangible objects to keep him grounded, and he is finally able to truly have a clear mind, without the aid of drugs. Sam (Portman's character) is a breath of fresh air for Largeman. She's charmingly naiive, going through life with the care-free attitude of a 12 year old trapped in a 20-something year old girl. There's a scene where she and Largeman are in her room, and it makes her seem even more young...from the jumbled and dusty collection of random toys and records, to the chaotic mess of clothes covering her bed, one really seems to feel that Sam has no real clue about living like an adult in the "real world". However, that naiivety seems to be exactly what Largeman needs in his life. After taking orders from his dominating father, to the equally fast-paced life of his "acting" career in Hollywood, coming back to his roots in New Jersey seems to be the pivotal point in his life where he realizes what's important to him. Not fame, not social approval, not wealth....just true love and a free spirit.
anyway, once again, PLEASE see this movie. you'll thank me later!