I keep seeing Greta Gerwig.
In movies, not in real life.
It hasn’t been all giggles all the time.
We did end on an up note, Greta and I, after I watched Damsels in Distress.
Some back story: Damsels in Distress is the newest film by Metropolitan director Whit Stillman. Stillman hasn’t made a movie since 1998, when The Last Days of Disco flopped horribly. I was one of the few who liked that one, so I was excited for Damsels in Distress. Then it came out, to tepid critical reviews and very few screens, and I started to worry.
I shouldn’t have.
Damsels in Distress is a charmingly odd story with Greta Gerwig as the “leader” of a trio of “nice girls” who take a new transfer student into their group. The group runs the campus’ Suicide Prevention Center, attend dances at the local frat house, and wear a lot of sweaters. And as with many movies starring Greta Gerwig, the problems always start with boys.
That’s pretty much the plot, barring some brief odd religious stuff, and the difference between Greek and Roman letters.
Think of it as the anti-Mean Girls, the travails of fairly well-mannered women in college, with little to no hair pulling.
Ultimately, not a whole lot goes on in Damsels in Distress, there’s no convoluted story arc, no giant climax.
What it does have is young people speaking intelligently and sometimes tapdancing.
And evidently, I like such things. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]