Saturday, November 23, 2013
Like: Enough Said
While effectively warm, there's something about Enough Said that feels "less than" Holofcener's capabilities. Though sophisticated and smart in a way that makes it a welcome breather from so many theatrical comedies, I couldn't shake the feeling that I was watching something made for TV -- specifically a compressed season of some premium cable tentpole. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, of course. Your HBOs and Showtimes have long been stripped of any stigma, and perhaps it's because Gandolfini, Louis-Dreyfus, and co-star Toni Collette have all been so successful in the cable-mode, but I couldn't quite escape the feeling that Enough Said was more really good sitcom than cinema. When it ended, I was struck most powerfully by a sense of loss for James Gandolfini, who passed away last June, and not by a lingering appreciation of the film as a film. Since, I've been trying to figure out why it was, essentially, unsatisfying despite so many strong gestures and bittersweet notes.