August 14, 2018 at 8:24 am #1202609126
Jonah Hill’s directorial debut definitely looks like an artistic triumph. I have no confidence it’ll make a huge impact on award season since it deals with skateboarding teen boys. The cinematography is low contrast with the Academy ratio of 1.37:1. Shot in Super 16 mm. Trailer
Kathy Bates for Best Supporting Actress (Richard Jewell)August 14, 2018 at 8:50 am #1202609163
Not sure what my expectations for his debut were, but it looks great and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully it lands in a theater within 80 miles of where I live.
Wouldn’t be a movie about skateboarding without that fisheye lens! :’)September 10, 2018 at 6:36 pm #1202629097
Early chatter makes me wonder does Hill have a shot at a directorial nod?
Kathy Bates for Best Supporting Actress (Richard Jewell)September 11, 2018 at 11:17 am #1202629617
Not sold on this one. Teenage boys chilling except in 16mm this time. Looks like wank to be honest but I’d love to be wrong about that.October 28, 2018 at 11:17 pm #1202663840
Looks like a disappointing season for A24 if this is really their main push. 78 RT/67 MC, violent sibling abuse and kids throwing slurs around doesn’t seem very Academy-friendly. I plan on hitting a matinee sometime this week just to see, but I’m even less convinced now that the general public has seen it.
Not too late to redirect that energy into Hereditary/Eighth Grade/First Reformed.October 28, 2018 at 11:21 pm #1202663842This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.October 29, 2018 at 1:02 am #1202663899This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.October 29, 2018 at 8:05 am #1202664063
I saw this a while back, and there were some parts that I really loved, but overall, the tone was wildly all over the place and the screenplay was kinda rough. Hill did a great job of directing the film, but the plot zoomed around from genre to genre and it really threw the film off track. Lucas Hedges was wasted here, but his performance in a small role was very good. Same for Katherine Waterston, though she at least has more to do. The main kids were fantastic, though, especially Na-kel Smith and Olan Prenatt. But overall, this movie was too all over the place to fully get me on board.
If we’re discussing A24’s awards priorities this year, it has to be Eighth Grade, then Hereditary and First Reformed, then this.October 29, 2018 at 9:07 am #1202664131
Sadly I haven’t seen First Reformed yet, it didn’t play near me like most of the mid-release A24 stuff does. But Hawke at least is getting amazing reviews for it, if they can make Willem Dafoe happen with such a small movie, they can get him in it they try.
Agreed that top priority should be Eighth Grade. Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor are wide open, Actress not so much but they can get her in at the Globes at least.October 31, 2018 at 7:17 pm #1202665967
Saw it today and enjoyed it immensely.
Kathy Bates for Best Supporting Actress (Richard Jewell)November 1, 2018 at 2:33 pm #1202666491
Saw this last night. A good directorial debut effort from Jonah Hill, but it could have been better. Sunny Suljic was downright fantastic as Stevie, and definitely has a bright future ahead of him. Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston were fine, but they were woefully underused and should have been developed more as characters. As for the skate kids, oh boy, the vast majority of them were annoying, unlikable and mean-spirited, especially the kid known as F***s***. Only Na-kel Smith as Ray gave a good performance in that group, because Ray was the only character who actually treated Stevie as a human being. Plus, these characters do some horrific things and experience no consequences whatsoever. At times, there was just a lot of skating and partying, skating and partying, lather, rinse, repeat. I was basically thinking at this point, “All right, Jonah Hill, we get it! They skate and party 24/7, we get it!”
As for other positives, the soundtrack was fantastic. The 90s kid in me was quite glad to hear Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” playing in the background in the beginning of the movie. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score was also quite good, with their trademark haunting piano sending shivers down my spine. Overall though, I’d give this a 7 out of 10. It’s not the worst directorial debut by any stretch, but overall it feels more like a promising rough draft than an excellent final product.
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