Wednesday, December 14, 2011

We Need to Talk About Kevin and Young Adult

Well, we REALLY need to talk about We Need to Talk About Kevin, which I make no bones about declaring an out-and-out masterpiece in my review at Battleship Pretension. And dammit, I meant it. Lynne Ramsay turned out a force of nature of a film, brilliantly emotional, dynamic, horrific, and really everything you'd want from a gut-punch at the movies. It's wrapping up limited runs in New York and Los Angeles right now (sorry for not posting this earlier, kids!), but hopefully it'll expand to other theaters soon? I can't imagine it just wouldn't, but stay on top of Oscilloscope's website, as I hope they'll have the latest.

Far more problematic is Jason Reitman's Young Adult, a film that tries to put on a grown-up face with its unlikeable-but-hot-female-protagonist (so daring you guys) but just doesn't have the conviction to really be anything. I liked moments in it tremendously, but in taking a comedic premise and playing it for tragedy, Reitman really undercuts the impact this could have had. I get into the meat of it far more in my review at, yes, Battleship Pretension. That'll expand to more theaters on Friday if it sounds like the kind of thing you might be interested in.

Oh, and while you're at it, why not check out my piece on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a film I was delighted to discover upon rewatching I still really dig. In fact, I dig it a lot more now. I get into THAT at Shadowlocked, for whom it turns out I still write from time to time!


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