Saturday, May 28, 2016

Maggie's Plan Movie Review

Maya Rudolph & Greta Gerwig (r) star in Maggie's Plan

Over-Planning Kills Magic (and Movies)

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: A young woman longing to start a family (Greta Gerwig) becomes involved in a complicated love triangle with a professor (Ethan Hawke) and his theorist wife (Julianne Moore.) Maggie's Plan received its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller.

Hawke remarks, "They say every relationship has a gardener and a rose." How profound (and unnecessary.) Maggie's Plan is yet another Woody Allen wannabe, camouflaged in boring characters, cheesy music and ugly clothes. Leave it to Miller to make New York appear dull. How dull? Even Hawke (who plays a needy ficto-critical anthropologist) admits, "The whole story bores me to death." Poor Ethan, and poorer still... Gerwig, who hatches one absurd plan after another en route to a happily-ever-after ending with a pickle salesman. Still interested? I seriously doubt it. The only saving grace? Always-terrific Moore (minus the bad accent.)

Grade: D