I went into Men, Women & Children with high hopes. I have a bit of a thing when it comes to internet technology and its both curse and gift as far as the way it either forms people into recluses or exploits them to a world where they come off the rails. This film tries to cover this concept in a hit and miss kind of way.
I think my biggest problem with the film is that the two adult actors (Jennifer Garner and Adam Sandler) seemed wrong for the parts. They worked out well enough, but you have t get your head out of that mindset where Sandler is just a goof and Garner is, well, not as big a name.
Worst yet is the casting of Ansel Algort (The Fault In Our Stars, Divergent, Carrie). I feel like he’s been typecast as this gloomy character all of the time that his part in this film felt like run off.
The concept of the film seems to get lost in a sea of examples. There’s a lot of back chatter that I think works on a level of example but shouldn’t have been played out so much. If Reitman would have just stuck closer to his characters and expanded on their persona’s while exploiting the full concept of their issues I think the film would have been better. It’s not bad, just not great.
PICTURE AND AUDIO QUALITY:
MW&C Is decent looking. I found no real issues with the film other then film looking a bit drab at times. I know some directors like to shoot in basics as a metaphor or manifestation of depression or anxiety, but the technique is getting kind of worn out (for myself anyway, since I watch so many films).
Audio doesn’t really do anything to pop. All that back chatter I was talking about earlier has a bit of sensory depth to it, but remember this is a drama and not an action or science fiction film where audio formats are utilized for effect.
~UV COPY or iTunes Copy
~Deleted Scenes: They bring a small amount of additional depth, but not much. Most are under a minute long. Only one is an actual additional storyline.
~Virtual Intimacy: Definitely the bonus feature to peep. Deep discussion about the online age.