Thursday, January 2nd, 2003
Igby Goes Down
Damn it’s snowing out there.
So I’m seeing a lot of movies lately. By my count, eight in the past two weeks or so? I think that’s more than I saw in the entire first half of last year.
Anyway – tonight, Igby Goes Down, which I’d wanted to see since it went into limited release last Fall. It quickly and quietly made it’s way to the reps, where I saw it, and is on DVD in a month.
A deliciously black comedy about a boy, Igby, who flees his dysfunctional ‘old money’ family, and the expectations put upon him. An obvious touchstone for a lot of the themes in the film is The Catcher In The Rye, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it was intended as a homage to Salinger’s classic tale of adolescent rebellion and discontent.
A surprisingly A-list cast for such a small film (Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Ryan Phillipe), the most impressive performance comes from Kieran Culkin, who plays the titular Igby. If the younger Culkin siblings (Kieran and Rory, in last year’s Signs) keep up the quality work, the surname ‘Culkin’ may well cease being a punchline.
Igby Goes Down is smart, funny and cynical. Definitely worth seeing.
np – Spoon / A Series Of Sneaks