METROPOLITAN by WHIT STILLMAN
Best movie I’ve seen in the past 3 months. Maybe 6. Pulled me in immediately, by the middle, I said I think I really like this movie, feelz good man, and by the end I said, WOW, that was a really nice little movie and I liked it a lot and am tempted to give out the vaunted “A” grade because I can’t remember the last movie I had such an unequivocal positive response to. Which. Hahaha. Been meaning to see this movie for YEARS. Then Stillman’s name kept popping up in the Manosphere and The Right. I think he is actually friendly to The Right or was at least a Featured Guest at one of those Upscale Conservative Magazine (NOT National Review) Events like City Journal or New Criterion. In other words, he’s not an avowed Hollywitz Marxist.
The immediate feeeeeling I got from the quaint, charming music and opening titles, was: this guy or at least this movie is a White Woody Allen. A WASP Woody Allen. As someone who’s always lurved Allan Koenigsbergz Jewish Nutz, AND now as someone with a growing interest in Whiteness, this was perfect. Neurotic characters, and you could argue Neuroticism is inherently “Jewish”, but these are White, Nonjewish Preppies. Are they Shabbas Goy Neocons? Heh I’m not even sure if they HAD Neocons at this time. It’s definitely a little Dated as it takes place clearly in the 80s despite some valiant efforts to make it “timeless”, though I enjoyed the hell out of the movie and could see people enjoying it 50 years from now, if the earth is still around and White Movies are not banned, hahaha.
Crammed Chock Full O’ Jokes that are as hilarious and abundant as they are dry. Like Kaurismaki, everything is a joke, but IMHO this was a bit funnier. Maybe cuz I really liked the subject matter of White Bourgeoisie. The only thing that could make it better would be an updated 2012 version of Generation Y not gen X, where ideas like Jewish Marxist SWPL Social Justice is much more prevalent, rather than boarding-school Whites who WANT to be Investment Bankerz. (But note: Investment Banking too is Inherently Jewish. Just not the Marxist SWPL kind, hahaha.) That Stillman can really Skewer a Subculture with amazing, hilarious, quotable writing. Just look up metropolitan movie stillman quotes, the movie is chock full of them. I might even have to watch it twice, hahaha. Like he says he’s not a Marxist, but he is a Socialist, but more of a Fourierist. The movie mainly mocks pretentious, obnoxious pseudointellectualism prob better than it can accurately dissect the contemporary state of Race and Class. But if you’ve spent ANY time around pseudointellectuals aka “intellectuals”, you’ll enjoy it. In the commentary Stillman says he was using the movie to “get back” at some stupid intellectual arguments he’d had as a youf but was unable to come up with a snappy comeback at the time. I can relate, haha.
Though I make the characters out to be Jerks, they’re actually quite likeable, which helps the movie. Has a nice, friendly, light, nonserious tone, and even a fair amount of Honest Heart. Especially the last 5 minutes or so.
Also a decent, surprising, refreshing understanding of Core Game concepts. These aren’t hard but Average Movies refuse to acknowledge them: Wimmin Love Alpha Jerks, Betas Don’t Get Laid, Pure Virginal Wimmin are Superior to Promiscuous Sluts, Men can be used as “c0ck placeholders” and don’t appreciate it, etc. I think it was probably on Heartiste that I heard the movie mentioned. Then I heard a real-life person mention it and I figured now was the time to plunge.
I could see myself being the Whit Stillman of the Millennials who does that more up-to-date movie about Bourgeois SWPL Leftists and Self-Loathing Rich Whites, Brahmin Hipsters, etc. If I had his ridiculous talent for writing a 90-minute Stream O’ Jokes!
If you could take the best parts of Whit Stillman and Lena Dunham that might be what I’m talking about. Of course Stillman has a ton more Good in him than Dunham does because he’s not a Marxist Racist Wh0re, but Dunham’s still pretty good at Examining Her Own Generation too.
It’s unfortunate his movie career was on hiatus for about 15 years. I wouldn’t mind him making a movie a year like Woody Allen or 2 movies a year like Kaurismaki. He feeeeelz like a true talent where even his bad going-thru-the-motions movies would be better than Average Movies. I have Queued up the rest of his movies to watch in the near future, with “Damsels In Distress” coming next, because I’m curious to see what he does in 2011, his big return from the hiatus.
Also, the character Audrey was great. My Kinda Girl: Beautiful, Radiant, Prime of Youth, CLEARLY a Virgin when all her peers were becoming Sluts, because she had Strong Principles. Also I liked the idea that the two guys who liked her, who initially hated each other, ended up becoming friends. One has Game but the other does Not. SPOILER: It is far beyond the scope of the movie if Audrey picks one or the other. And I liked both characters so I’m not sure which one she should pick: the wimpy pseudointellectual gameless beta (but a True Niceguy and Goodguy) OR the “Prole” Kid with better Game, who was also a Goodguy. See what I mean about the movie having Heart. Without being Sentimental. Strikes that hard-to-strike chord like Woody Allen. But not AS Jeurotic. Audrey is played by the actress Carolyn Farina who by now is 47-48 and doesn’t look so good if ya know what I mean. But she shoulda had a much better career than she did.
Stillman was born in 1952 and is 60 years old in 2012. A little older than I guessed. He went to HARVARD. That is not as surprising!
“Metropolitan” described as a “Comedy Of Manners.” Now I will proceed to Grecycle Wikipedia and call it Compelling Writing ™, hahahahahaha.
Bonus: Our Hero Tom has a copy of “DECLINE OF THE WEST” by You-Shouldn’t-Have-To-Ask on his bedside table. Nothing like a Great Books reference!