Fifth about The Seventh

White Noise (2022)

White Noise: the term white noise refers to pure randomness or meaningless, overwhelming sounds, and there never has been a more apt title for a film as for this Noah Baumbach’s adaptation. It’s not that there is no story: there is, as it follows a college professor and his family in their quest for some sort of inner peace. However, there just is so. Much. Chatter! It may (or may not) respect the (said unfilmable) original material, but it makes for a very peculiar film. Within that concept, the acting is quite fine: Adam Driver, as the college professor, Greta Gerwig, as his wife, and Don Cheadle, as one of his colleagues, are all drily funny. The kids (May Nivola, Raffey Cassidy, and Sam Nivola), are all quite good. The film has a dated look: the colors are alive, but it has a tint and a grain that suggest a film from the 1970s. Director of photography Lol Crawley accomplishes that and moves the camera elegantly. That’s also a consequence of the good work of production designer Jess Gonchor and costume designer Ann Roth. Composer Danny Elfman contributes with an interesting musical score.

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