The New York Film Festival Premieres: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

DSC_0578_previewBy Dean Moses

The New York Film Festival is one of the largest entertainment celebrations in the state. Primarily held at Lincoln Center and brimming with celebrity appearances, the 55th Annual New York Film Festival showcases New York residents’ love for the magic of movies. This year readers will be able to watch many of the exhibited titles right away, such as The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) currently available to stream on Netflix. With the advent of streaming services like the aforementioned Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, we no longer have to wait months to enjoy these exciting productions thanks to being independently completed before getting picked up by a streaming service.

As many readers will already be aware, family is never simple. Family is a synonym for love, friendship, hate, sadness, and laughter—feelings director Noah Baumbach displays magnificently in The Meyerowitz Stories. Set in New York City, the story follows (you guessed it) the Meyerowitz family, relatives who are thrust together after some degree of separation and are forced to deal with agedness, pain, and impending loss. However, despite the somber subject matter actors Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, and Dustin Hoffman stumble into a variety of comedic misadventures that will keep the audience laughing no matter the subject matter. Like all family units, each member has his or her own unique concept of what is right for them and the family as a whole. This concept is a driving force behind the film, prompting us to ponder the fine differences between one person’s right and another’s wrong.

For me, growing up, Adam Sandler was a comedy icon, yet in the last few years his movies have not captured that authentic everyman portrayal he was once revered for. With that being said, it is wonderful to write that Sandler’s performance is the breakout role in this feature, even outshining the great Dustin Hoffman with a father, son, and brother’s genuine and heartfelt love portrayed with the gravitas of a man trapped between these worlds. The Meyerowitz Stories will be a surefire winner when award season comes around, and, best of all, you can watch it right now.

DSC_0566_previewSpeaking of the cast, after the showing was concluded, a press conference was held with director Noah Baumbach. During the event the filmmaker had this to say about the cast: “I love this cast, I mean I really felt close to them.  I met with Ben and Adam. The three of us had lunch together and talked about them playing brothers, and I had wanted to do something about brothers since the Squid and the Whale [film]. The only thing we came away with was that they should fight, so I reversed engineered the movie from that. It was such a great thing to be able to write Candice Bergen and have her come and just do that monologue and be so moving. I cry a lot more in my life now anyway, but the first take she did I started to cry. And Judd did the same thing. It’s a remarkable group of people.”

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and selected) is out now on Netflix.

Photos by Dean Moses