Review: White Noise

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews, Film Reviews 2022, Genre by - December 31, 2022
Review: White Noise

White Noise (2022)
R ‧ Absurdist Comedy-Drama ‧ 2 H 16 M
Written by  Noah Baumbach, based on a book by Don DeLillo
Directed by ‎Noah Baumbach


Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, and Don Cheadle


(In their own words) 

Dramatizes a contemporary American family’s attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world.

WHITE NOISE – (L-R) Greta Gerwig (Babette), May Nivola (Steffie), Adam Driver (Jack), Samuel Nivola (Heinrich) and Raffey Cassidy (Denise). Cr: Wilson Webb/NETFLIX © 2022


It’s based on a book with the same name by  Don DeLillo. 

The sense of humor is absurd and dark. 

The BEST things about the film

  1. Great ensemble acting. The family is an absolute blast to watch acting off of each other. They are having fun in the roles. They are intense, hostile, and very loving. 
  2. Great writing. It’s really unpredictable. Each chapter of the film brings us to unexpected and delightful moments. The lines from the film will linger with you. It’s also a rather great adaptation from a book. Oftentimes movies that come from books can move pretty slow, but this one doesn’t. It has excellent pacing, witty dialogue, and thought provoking themes. 
  3. Funny. Both dark and absurd. Each of the actors do a wonderful job committing to the absurdity of their positions and the situations. 
WHITE NOISE – (L-R) Don Cheadle (Murray) and Adam Driver (Jack). Cr: Wilson Webb/NETFLIX © 2022


The WORST things about the Film

  1. It’s absurd. Not everyone will like this. But I think it’s brilliant.


Sometimes you start watching a movie and within the first five minutes you know that you are going to absolutely love the film. White Noise is one of those movies. It is easily one of my favorite films of the year. Great ensemble, speaks to themes that fascinate me, such as fears about death and losing your loved ones.

The kids in the film do a fantastic job. Oftentimes you have to be forgiving with child actors, but you don’t in this one. These kids do a wonderful job acting in ridiculous circumstances.

They aren’t the only ones.  Adam Driver delivers a wonderful performance. He makes every moment seem to make sense and guides us through the film so that we don’t even notice how absurd things have gotten. Driver grounds this film in a reality we can connect with. 

WHITE NOISE – (Front L-R) Greta Gerwig as Babette, Dean Moore/Henry Moore as Wilder and Adam Driver as Jack (Back L-R) Raffey Cassidy as Denise, May Nivola as Steffie and Sam Nivola as Heinrich in White Noise. Cr. /Netflix © 2022


Keep inventing hope. 


Oh, yes. I will watch this many times. 


“Family is the cradle of the world’s misinformation.”

“We are fragile creatures surrounded by hostile facts.”


One of the best comedies of the year, White Noise delivers on all fronts; great directing, great acting, great writing, and great cinematography. This is an absurd and somewhat dark comedy that confronts fears of death and the unknown. It features not only a great performance by Adam Driver but one of the best ensemble pieces of the year. White Noise takes you on a journey that you aren’t expecting but you’re glad you took in the end. Confronting uncomfortable topics in a funny way takes a lot of creative courage and when done well, you get a film like White Noise. 

My 3L system gives me the choice to Love It, Like It, or Lose It. 

White Noise gets a Love It. 



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When he’s not reviewing films or interviewing people for the Black & A Half podcast, Silas Lindenstein can be found in the greater metro Seattle, WA working as a real estate agent helping people buy and sell homes, or performing stand up comedy to fellow nerds. He has a wife and three children and desperately wants to learn to make the perfect homemade pizza.

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