Oh, mercy, I can’t believe how good Garden State is. I went in with high expectations, having seen the trailer a few times, and they were thoroughly exceeded. It’s Zach Braff‘s debut as a screenwriter and director, and he’s hit the ball out of the park. The film has an unconventional but compelling structure, and it slips seamlessly in and out of moments ranging from complete hilarity to childlike wonder to completely overwhelming emotion.
Serioulsy, there are hundreds of veteran directors in Hollywood who will never come close to making a film this good. Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, and Peter Sarsgaard contribute fantastic performances. Even if you’ve never seen Braff in Scrubs, or even if you hate Scrubs, give this movie a chance. If Garden State is any indication, this guy’s got a great career ahead of him.
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