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Garden State


The movie begins with a melancholic atmosphere, good indie music is accompanied with the opening scene. Andrew Largeman is dreaming of a crashing plane while everybody is panicking, he stays calm and thinking.  The main character (Zach Braff) is quite popular from the tv serie, Scrubs. It’s his first experience sitting in director’s chair. But he got us in his world from the beginning with his cold and “I want to feel something but I feel nothing” looks.

The main theme is about our main character “ Andrew Largeman”. He come to his home town, New Jersey, after 9 years to his mother’s funeral. We understand that he had some serious issues with his dad. While he was gone, he is trying to became an actor. After his mother’s funeral, occasional family friends are appeared in the scene. A lady friend of his mother asked him to wear a shirt made from the same design of the bathroom wallpapers because her mother did. We are observing the psychological state of  Andrew Largeman in front of that wallpaper, doesn’t probably think anything about the situation, how odd or not, don’t judge anybody, just go with the follow, accepts all. He is heavily medicated since the age of 9, he is a natural grown up since that age because of the things that he had been gone through. At the same time he is in possession of a child emotion, so fragile. His relation between his father is quite tense, they are trying to speak with each other but nothing deep is coming up.

Andrew Largeman’s friends invites him to a party but this party give the impression of being an teenager party. When Andrew come for the first time into the party the way that his friends say hi to him, is not that sincere that all, some surprise after all, 9 years is a long time. They all are happy to see him but they are doing nothing special to him, just trying to adapt themselves to the existence of him. This party scene tells lots about the 80 generation. Having fun is the indispensable issue but while entertaining themselves, they are not sharing that much, not solving the daily problems or psychological state of them. They try to solve themselves first. They are happy to consume.  They are using drags and forgetting about the life for that day but they are so confuse to find their way, the other day became much worst than the previous one. Real happiness is a rare thing to see among the friends of Largeman, they will probably say “fuck you, what the hell is real happiness? ” to that phrase. Largeman, in contrary, find weird that adolescent party mentality. The others don’t mind but for Largeman, we can say that, his style is not to party that way and play spin the bottle.

Later on, he meet with Samantha (Natalie Portman) at the dentist waiting room. Samantha is a great indie music listener and she made him listen “Shins”.   They are getting well with each other, nothing planned, they didn’t excepting to be good that much, they are like they see each other everyday. The reason of that sense is that they are both relax types and Samantha especially is a crazy an unusual girl. She can make extraordinary things and she have the power to show you different things and getting you up high in sky in if you let her to do. From the dentist scene we understand that, Andrew used to go to shrink but the problem is that shrink is his father. We can’t understand why he didn’t came to his home town after so many years but we can easily predict that his lonely state.

Samantha and Andrew are sharing much things in 3 days. They fell in love with each other and while Andrew is with Sam, his depressive state turns to be happy state and because Sam is a happy, positive, outgoing, caring and clever girl. They are feeling something big in that 3 days. Like a fairy tale but they are just good for themselves. Pool scene tells us a lot about why Andrew is in such a sad sitiation. His father is blaming him about his mother disabled situation because when Andrew was 9, accidentally cause his mother condition. Then he begins to take medication. He just need love and to be loved because he was lonely since 9, he didn’t see much affection from his father. Maybe he did but in a negative way he felt that his father is always blaming him. That’s why he can’t communicate with his father after funeral. The day that they went to the hill and visit some friends is the day that they understand  true love and being peaceful inside for real. The happiness of consume things and be happy only for a while is gone while they’re seeing such a happy couple, living in the middle of the forest and don’t need much.

Garden state is a movie of our generation. The problems of our generation is shown in a fairy tale love story. That’s why you can say “maybe one day, I will find my random love ”. The film are full of good music and witty quotes. That’s why it’s comforting to watch this movie over and over again.


July 31, 2009 - Posted by | Movies

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