Skip to main content

Ads

loading...

Featured Post

Hayden Thorpe - Diviner Music Album Reviews

The former Wild Beasts singer embarks on a new direction on his soul-searching solo debut, stripping back his songwriting to a reverent hush.
The British singer-songwriter Hayden Thorpe released “Diviner” in late February 2019, just a year after the final performance of his band Wild Beasts. From its stark opening chords and breathy first line—“I’m a keeper of secrets, pray do tell”—the song sounded markedly personal. With little more than his stately countertenor and humble piano, Thorpe harnessed the energy of quiet solitude and proceeded to pitch that emotion skyward until the music felt bathed in a dim light. After more than a decade with Wild Beasts, “Diviner” pointed to a different direction for Thorpe.

Ads

ads

Flipboard

Flipboard

Booksmart Movie Review

Whipsmart

"Booksmart," the sharp and insightful directorial debut from actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde ("Life Itself"), takes us back to high school in a winning new comedy that upends notions of what movies like this can be. A frequently hilarious script and perfectly paired lead performances make for a movie that will define a generation of young moviegoers and allow them to plant their flag on a film to call their very own.


Molly (Beanie Feldstein, the "Lady Bird" scene-stealer) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever, "Detroit") are longtime best friends. They have been at each other's sides through most major life events and have stayed on the same path throughout their high school careers. Amy and Molly's main objective has been to get perfect grades and be accepted into Ivy League schools. As their senior year ends, they realize they have developed a reputation of not having any fun, while their peers were experimenting with sex and drugs. Molly is rattled by this revelation more so than Amy, and demands that they attend the final party of the year and have all the experiences they missed out on.

Amy, as she usually does, goes along with Molly's plan. As it goes, hijinks ensue throughout their evening as they interact with very specific characters from their class. They continually run into Jared (Skyler Gisondo, "Vacation"), the swaggering showoff, who desperately wants everyone to think he's cool. He's usually with Gigi (Billie Lourd, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"), who pops up when you least expect it and utilizes every moment she's on screen to exude a strange and hypnotic comedic presence. Much like "Lady Bird" did for Feldstein, Lourd's performance here could yield leading roles for herself.

As much fun as the entire supporting cast is, "Booksmart" is Feldstein and Dever's show, and they have off-the-charts chemistry as best friends. We meet them at a turning point in their lives, but the performances allow us to feel the history between them. When they laugh and have a good time, we feel their joy. When they fight, we feel their pain. Feldstein has established herself as a bold comedic force, bringing great presence and power to roles of any size. Dever delivers her best work yet as Amy, creating a contrast to the more outspoken and brazen Molly.

loading...
The screenplay - written by Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskin and Katie Silberman - certainly follows a trajectory we've seen before. The "one last party" trope has been explored before, but merely reducing "Booksmart" to "the female "Superbad"" is a disservice to what Wilde and company have created. The characters may appear as assigned archetypes on the surface, but the screenplay allows growth and movement, even within the smallest moments. Wilde is never dismissive of the supporting cast and gives them ample time to be heard and recognized by the audience. It's what elevates "Booksmart" above being just another party movie.

Some moments in the final act feel contrived for the sake of creating drama, and it's only frustrating because "Booksmart" is entirely authentic and didn't need these moments. Minor quibbles aside, there is too much to enjoy about the movie to let anything detract from the fun on screen. Take your best friend, relive the moments you've shared, and the moments yet to come. You won't be sorry you did.


View my Flipboard Magazine.

View the original article here

Comments

ads

loading...
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

Huawei's already working on its next flagship phone, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, but will its recent spat with Google affect that upcoming smartphone's software? Here's what we know about the Mate 30, including when it will launch, how much it will cost, and what specifications and features you can expect.
Huawei had been on a roll with consumers in the Europe and UK flocking to buy its handsets, but now Google may have thrown a huge spanner in the works.

Asus ZenFone 6 Review

Has Asus cracked the bezel-less design with the ZenFone 6? We think so - read our review and find out why.
Should I Buy The Asus ZenFone 6?
The ZenFone 6 is a phenomenal smartphone, offering an innovative Flip Camera system that not only provides high-end front- and rear-facing cameras, but allows for a full-screen display free of hole-punch cameras or notches. Combine that with high-end internals and all-day battery life, and you've got a great, all-round smartphone. 

Samsung Q70R Review (2019)

Not as well specified as in previous years, but the 2019 Q70R is a superb QLED TV which has enough features from the flagship Q90R to make it great value at this price. Find our more in our full review.
Should I Buy The Samsung Q70R QLED 4K TV?
Highly impressive QLED picture quality along with the all-encompassing Smart Hub combine to make the Q70R a great choice if you can’t justify spending a whole lot more on the Q90R.

Huawei MateBook 14 Review

The MateBook 14 is one of Huawei's new laptops for 2019 and is the perfect all-rounder. Find out why in our full review.
Should I Buy The Huawei MateBook 14?
The MateBook 14 might be a slightly chunkier and heavier version of the flagship X Pro, but the weight is a small price to pay considering that this laptop is a much cheaper option.
What you lose (or gain, really) in weight, is made up for by additional ports, better performance and longer battery life. You only really need to pass on this if Thunderbolt is an absolute must.

Like Fan Page