Maybe the best movie of the year -- definitely giving Serenity
a run for its money -- and I saw it on the last possible day of 2005. The Squid and the Whale
is the story of a family undergoing a painful divorce after 17 years of marriage, based upon the real-life childhood of the writer/director, Noah Baumbach, who with Wes Anderson co-wrote The Life Aquatic
, last year's best and most underrated movie. The older son stays with the father, while the younger son stays with the mother. (But enough about me.) The Squid and the Whale
is very funny, nicely awkward, and very moving. It's quiet and understated and very very well-crafted. The characters are great. The dialogue, great. Aside from a few important nitpicks, mostly involving Pink Floyd, it's nearly perfect. Wes Anderson produed it, so you know it's good. So check it out.