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White Noise  review by Bobby Blakey

Director Noah Baumbach has had an interesting career with films like The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg and Marriage Story as well as writing others such as Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissouo. Now he has reteamed with this Marriage Story star Adam Driver for the film White Noise co-starring Greta Gerwig and Don Cheadle. Is this another of the unique visions Baumbach is known for and worth seeing or is it not worth cheating death for?

White Noise follows a contemporary American family's attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world.

I knew nothing about this film other than the cast heading in so wasn’t sure what we were fixing to experience. Right out the gate it became clear that this was going to be a character driven social commentary on something, but what? It is laid out in multiple chapters with each seemingly leading to something different, but ultimately all the same.

The entire cast are so good with Driver leading the charge but everyone getting their moment to shine. The first act has a great dueling monologue sequence between Driver and Cheadle that is worth the entire film, but that is just one element to the bigger strangeness to come. It’s cleverly laid out in a chaotic manner as each chapter unfolds with this family and their issues with each other, survival and obsession with death.

Every time you think you know where this film is going it takes a detour somewhere else, but never gets lost on itself and remains engaging throughout. The family dynamic an struggles are the only constant here as it navigates its way through these trying situations even shifting focus at one point to the apparent end of the world scenario that I thought was going to be the primary focus of the

film, but then it shifts into a whole other direction that made it all the more interesting.

I am trying to not spoil anything here because there is so much to unpack and should be experienced with as little knowledge as possible. The film is strange, engaging, deep, sad, funny and all around excellent and worth checking out.     

Decide for yourself and check out White Noise streaming now on Netflix.

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