Tiger Lily🐯🌸’s review published on Letterboxd:
I always wondered why there aren't more movies that use David Bowie's song Modern Love. It's something like my favorite song of his (of course I have many favorites but if I have to name one it's usually this), and I actually think it's the perfect movie song. It makes me feel a thousand different emotions at once, I usually want to laugh and cry at the same time when I listen to it, which makes it fit for various situations, and I also find it so atmospheric that I think it can add a lot to many movie scenes. So the moment that song started playing in Frances Ha I knew I loved this movie. It instantly earned my respect just for making the choice of including that song.
I haven't seen a lot from Noah Baumbach so far, but I feel like I'm slowly getting into his style by now. I'm just still not sure if his style is for me. I'll definitely watch more though because I want to know most of his movies when I finally watch Marriage Story someday. That one looks pretty great to me. And another reason is of course Greta Gerwig. If I wouldn't want to watch his movies for him, I would still watch them for her. The ones she acted in, but mainly the ones she also wrote. I haven't seen that much outside of her work as a director, so I'm not sure if I can already say that I'm a true fan of hers, but nonetheless I think I already am one, just because I admire her so much for everything she has achieved and the important figure she is in the world of filmmaking, at least for us girls. I would go as far as saying that she's a role model for me just from knowing about her career and not a lot about her actual work. Noah and Greta truly are the power couple of modern cinema.
As for the movie itself, it's definitely the one by Noah Baumbach I liked the most so far. I didn't love it as much as I hoped I would, which might be due to his unique style that's not always my thing, but still I really liked it. The writing was nice as well and the female touch was very apparent, luckily. Brat Pitt said in her review that female friendship is the strongest natural force on planet earth, and you really get that feeling when you're watching Frances Ha. Rightfully so, because I can confirm that the friendships I have with some of my female friends are the best things that could have happened to me. I love when movies show bonds between women (no matter if they're friends, family or in a relationship), and I love even more when they remind me of feelings I experienced myself. So I think that Frances Ha is very relatable for the right audience, and by that I don't only mean women who've had long friendships, but also anyone who has struggled in their work life, and many more kinds of people.
The visual style is interesting as well, mainly because of the use of black and white, but nonetheless it doesn't feel too forcefully artistic. Other than that I thought that the film mainly focuses on the story it wants to tell and doesn't build up a lot of unnecessary things around that. I'm very glad I finally watched Frances Ha, I've been wanting to see it for a way too long time. The waiting was worth it though.