However, beyond that, the film falls flat. It's ironic that a film about women essentially places them on the peripheral the entire time and centres, thankfully, on the young boy - the most interesting element of the film. It's characters are not one we care greatly for, despite the best intentions from the talented cast, mainly due to the writing, meaning its Original Screenplay nomination is lost on me. It's narrative appears aimless, stumbling to discover anything enlightening to say about the era and although it tries to flesh the 20th century as a character in its own right, it simply serves as a novelty plot point to bounce around and without, would be a completely lifeless, identity-less drama.
Summary: 20th Century Women finds itself wandering, aimlessly looking for something interesting to say and, despite solid performances and intentions all-round, it is ultimately an underwhelming character drama that falls flat.
The Lobster (2015)