Thursday, 16 October 2008

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist- by Suren Seneviratne & Lee Fairweather | Draft

Peter Sollett’s film seems to not know its limits, take what seems a lifetime to reach an unsatisfactory end all accompanied by a list of recent Indie songs that sound all to familiar and fashionable. ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ at first seems to have a lot going for it. A good word-of-mouth (a great reception at the Toronto International Film Festival), cast members from the Judd Apatow alumni modern brat-pack (Michael Cera, Jay Baruchel, etc.) and a healthy stateside box-office (twenty million on a ten million budget in two weeks and counting).

Whereas recent comedies such as ‘Knocked Up’ and ‘Superbad’ have shown mainly immature young males dealing with serious issues growing into responsible adults, Nick and Norah tend to celebrate the immature side of things. Although that can be funny it should be done with a sense of sophistication or lack of cliched dialogue. This film was so typical in its plot narrative, its hard not to think that this was already a waste of time. The characters are not likable in the slightest, and seem to be concerned about the most minor problems in the world which include finding a mysterious band’s secret shows, untrustworthy ex boyfriends/girlfriends and chewing gum (a gag that ran out of steam as soon as it started). Many of the problems arise from the characters own doings rather than naturally. However, in this case it makes the characters almost self destructive and spoiled as they feel sorry for themselves without any real valid reason. The story line seemed to drag on towards the latter part of the film, especially since Nick is so twisted around his ex-girlfriend and hoping to rekindle his old love for her, that he failed to see that his perfect girl was right before his eyes all along.

The film does have some redeeming elements, however. The 'hotly-tipped' Michael Cera adds dimension and comedic observations to the otherwise boring ‘Nick’ by bringing up the odd witty one-liner to brighten things here and there. And the chemistry that slowly grows between the two main leads is rather sweet and seems genuine. Unfortunately these good moments are few and far between and do not cover up the flaws. There is nothing special about this film and it would be a lie if one said it wasn't predictable.

And what the hell was Fluffy about anyway?


Moving Images