Review: “Management” with Jennifer Anniston and Steve Zahn

Here’s the short review: Its a really good movie. It’s worth it, and you’ll enjoy it. Grade: A-

The off beat nature of the first 15 minutes will throw you. It threw me, and I stopped watching it on night one. It felt like it was going to devolve into something uncomfortable. But it didn’t. To the opposite: it really opened up and became something vary rare for a movie: entertaining and subtly moving. A serene palette with just the right punch of accents to keep an emotion, even if subtle, developing.

I like things that give you a sense of a continuum, especially a subtle continuum, that even as it builds in intensity, becomes quieter, calmer. That’s part of what’s special and worth seeing about “Management.”

It’s definitely not your typical Jennifer Anniston movie, which is probably one reason she chose it. Her acting is great in this. Mature. Subtle yet strong. Seamless with the feel of the movie and the story. Same for Steve Zahn. You know one reason I was reticent to chose this movie on my Netflix Instant Cue is that he didn’t appeal to me as an opposite to her. But he really was great. One really feels both these characters and believes them.

This is one of those movies that’s like a short story brought to screen. What I mean is the “filming literature” type like “Monster’s Ball” or the recent Matthew Broderick film “Wonderful World” but easier to watch than Monster’s (what isn’t?) and more satisfying than “Wonderful.”

Not for everyone, but for literature type geeks like me two thumbs up.

One thought on “Review: “Management” with Jennifer Anniston and Steve Zahn

  1. Gman

    I love the part when Mike goes parachuting but I didn’t expect him to parachute into Jango’s pool and then he starts shooting at him. I’m going to think about that scene all day and laugh sporadically. I wonder why Jango had hair one day and then next no hair though. I am always looking for the movie I missed in the theater as I am an avid movie watcher but what I like about Blockbuster is that I can always find movies not only rare but 28 days before other movie services. Not only that but the Blockbuster Movie Pass from DISH Network that is free for new customers gives me one bill from DISH, over 100,000 movies plus games, streaming and I also get 20 movie channels on my DISH employee account as a current customer for only $10 a month. Next on my queue is Thor and I don’t have to pay extra for mail to my home, or Blue-ray.

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