I sometimes wonder if I am the only person on the (film-going) planet who just does not like Greta Gerwig. Her laboured, disingenuous kookiness rings affected and false. Frances Ha did little for me – and now Mistress America can be added to the mix.
Which is a pity as the star of writer/director Noah Baumbach’s latest indie feature is Lola Kirke (Gone Girl, Reaching For the Moon) as the country girl arriving into the social whirl of her future step-sister’s crazed Manhattan lifestyle.
It’s also apparent I prefer Baumbach in a more serious mode – Margot at the Wedding, The Squid & the Whale – to his ‘humour’ of While We’re Young, The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou and the Gerwig star-vehicles.