‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Review

The Altman family doesn’t get along, and they haven’t all been together in years. But when the patriarch dies, the whole clan is expected to fulfil his final wish and sit Shiva for him for an entire week. Now newly divorced, newly jobless Judd Altman has to travel home to face his dysfunctional family, including his hot-to-trot psychiatrist mom, his sarcastic older brother, his unhappy sister and his too-perfect younger brother in an effort to see if family bonds will prevent them from killing one another.

The movie itself isn’t quite what you expect from the trailer. Going into the film I was expecting some light hearted humour. I was expecting to go into the cinema escape reality for a while and not have to think too much. While there are some comedic moments a lot of the film is quite heavy.

The cast is incredible staring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Adam Driver there is no shortage of talent. Jason plays the main character who is extremely relatable. On the brink of a mental breakdown it doesn’t take long to sympathise with him. Inter character relationships enhance the empathy you feel towards each and every one of the characters.

The soundtrack was somewhat underwhelming. There are two reasons the musical elements weren’t very memorable one being it wasn’t very good and the other being that the actors performance was the main focus and the music seamlessly fit into the storyline. Music has the ability to make or break a film I think the fact I don’t really recall means the music was a good fit for the film.

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