April 16, 2015 at 11:15 pm #185352
So I got to see a very early advanced screening of this tonight and here is my review:
This movie is masterful. It’s the first 5 star review I have given this year, the best movie of the year so far, and the best coming of age film since The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s hilarious, dramatic, and heartbreaking and never feels forced or tonally out of place. Thomas Mann is wonderful as the lead and really has a career on his way. The whole ensemble is perfect with great performances from Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, and Jon Burnthal and an impressive performance from Olivia Cooke from TV’s Bates Motel who never has wowed me on the show but did here. It has a Wes Anderson vibe to it the way it is shot and the quirky nature of the film and deadpan comedic dialogue that is often times sharp and rapid fire. The movie is almost the anti Fault in Our Stars even though I like that film a lot but this film kind of points out the cliches of young romance involving illness (the girl has leukemia) and decides not to go down that route and go its own way. That’s a big theme of this movie, it goes its own way. It has long continuous takes with no cuts and unique and interesting framing choices. This movie is also special for anyone that loves movies. The main character and his friend make home movies somewhat spoofing classics and foreign films by alternating the names and the titles alone get the best laughs. When the movie gets dramatic, it’s captivating. The final 15 minutes of this film are some of the most magical and moving moments I have seen in a film ending in a really long time that even drove me to tears which is something I hardly do at a movie. Yeah, it’s that great. All I know is is that the Sundance Audience members that vote for the Audience Award are even better at picking movies than the Oscars giving this movie the award this year (for the record Whiplash won this award last year and this is just as great as Whiplash). I was pleasantly surprised to see that one of my favorite TV directors Alfonso Gomez Rejon directed this, he has done work on Glee, American Horror Story, and Red Band Society and you can definitely get the vibes he had on Red Band Society in this film. He did a wonderful job and I hope he makes more movies. I will definitely see this again when it is released in theaters widely and I hope everyone rushes out to see this delightful movie this June. It’s a movie that will make you fall in love with the movies all over again. 5 starsApril 17, 2015 at 4:23 am #185353
I loved the trailer for this so I’m glad to see that someone on here has actually seen it and loved it. I’m really looking forward to this.April 17, 2015 at 5:43 am #185354
I’m really looking forward for a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Olivia Cooke!April 17, 2015 at 6:25 am #185355
I adored this trailer from the first view, similar to the way I fell for trailers for some of my favorite movies of all time, so I’m thrilled for this.April 17, 2015 at 8:51 am #185356
If Oliva Cooke gets nominated, she’ll be lead. She’s in this movie almost as much as Thomas MannApril 17, 2015 at 9:02 am #185357
If Oliva Cooke gets nominated, she’ll be lead. She’s in this movie almost as much as Thomas Mann
Yes, but she’s not a household name, so if she will get buzz I think they will submit her supporting.April 17, 2015 at 2:41 pm #185358
[quote=”KyleBailey”]If Oliva Cooke gets nominated, she’ll be lead. She’s in this movie almost as much as Thomas Mann
Yes, but she’s not a household name, so if she will get buzz I think they will submit her supporting.[/quote]
They might, unless it’s undeniable.April 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm #185359
Thoughts on this being released the same day as Jurassic World, AKA the film that is likey going to be the number one highest grossing film of the year? I can’t decide if that’s completely idiotic (it’ll be crushed) or totally genius (Jurassic World will sell out, which will leave audience members who didn’t buy advanced tickets scrambling to watch something else. This could be the alternative. Think of The Blind Side when it came out on the same night as one of the Twilight films).
I’m excited to see Connie Britton. Once she hit her 40s, she became a force. Five years of Friday Night Lights, the first year of AHS (and Ryan Murphy says he wants her back, even for a guest stint, every season, but her schedule won’t allow), and just finished her third year on Nashville (reports say it’ll likely get a fourth and final season to guarantee its second life in syndication). Instead of going back to television – where she clearly thrives, as proven by Emmy nominations for all three of those series – I would like to see her launch into a full on film career. Does she give any sort of noteworthy performance in this?April 17, 2015 at 10:17 pm #185360
She’s typical Connie Britton in the movie (aka terrific) but it is far too small of a part to gain traction. All of the adults are like that. Mann and Cooke have the most material. Thomas Mann isn’t a household name and is certainly the lead so I wouldn’t see why that would be why they would put Cooke in Supporting. I think it is only coming out limited the same day as Jurassic World. It originally was coming out the same day as Magic Mike XXL but moved up so I think maybe it will be one of those expanding releases.April 18, 2015 at 6:51 am #185361
She’s typical Connie Britton in the movie (aka terrific) but it is far too small of a part to gain traction. All of the adults are like that. Mann and Cooke have the most material. Thomas Mann isn’t a household name and is certainly the lead so I wouldn’t see why that would be why they would put Cooke in Supporting. I think it is only coming out limited the same day as Jurassic World. It originally was coming out the same day as Magic Mike XXL but moved up so I think maybe it will be one of those expanding releases.
Because Cooke has actually a chance to be nominated unlike Mann. I met Cooke’s name on several forums and most people consider her as a Supporting Actress Oscar contender. If Julia Roberts, Hailee Steinfeld or Helen Hunt could go supporting, she can, too.April 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm #185362
Mann definitely is a contender at the Globes and Critic’s Choice for Comedy actor. Cooke the same.April 18, 2015 at 6:10 pm #185363
Thoughts on this being released the same day as Jurassic World, AKA the film that is likey going to be the number one highest grossing film of the year?
That will almost certainly not be the case.
More on topic, I’m in the same quandry as I was in with Boyhood last year. It’s playing by me at the Boston Independent Film Festival next Wednesday, but I can’t go. Shame, looks good.April 18, 2015 at 8:11 pm #185364
*fingers crossed* for RJ Cyler.April 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm #185365
I think there’s a good chance of a push for Molly Shannon as Supporting with Cooke as lead (there’s no way she’ll be submitted as supporting). Don’t think the movie has much chance at anything else short of maybe adapted screenplay though. Even with ten nominees I can’t see this getting a BP nomination.