[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Kings of Summer
Why live when you can rule.
Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are going to build a house there, free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods.
Features the most accurate depiction of a game of Monopoly.
This year has given me two absolutely wonderful viewing experiences, both centred around a classic coming of age tale. Mud took the serious route and The Kings of Summer the emphatic and comedic one. Different films with at their centre a similar heart. And I love them both equally.
The most impressive thing about The Kings of Summer is that it manages to capture the magic and problems of childhood in such a way that it never feels like it's manipulating you with cheap sentiment. It is an honest film, that finds its drama in small moments and its humour in playful absurdity and witty dialogue.
The story is the perfect for exploring the central themes of friendship, family and…
Okay kids. Storytime.
So last fall I was having a conversation with C. Robert Cargill, the guy who wrote Sinister.* This was right after a screening of Sinister and I asked him if he was considering making the leap to directing. And his answer was something that's stuck with me ever since.
He said no, because he thinks that you're born with the ability to direct a movie. It's not something that can be taught or can be learned. It's a spark that you either have or don't have, and he doesn't think he has it.
I fully agree, and in extreme cases, you can see that spark. I like to say nobody taught…
Ah, the Summers of my youth. When the weeks stretched languorously before me like the naked women in my dreams, and all seemed possible and achievable. The world was my oyster and I could be the master of my destiny - as long as I was home for tea time and I took my shoes off before I came back in the house.
The Kings of Summer captures that feeling brilliantly, except the Ohio setting is far sunnier, more exotic and a bit more wooded than the Scottish Borders. Someone would have noticed if I'd built a makeshift bothy in the middle of some arable farmland, and I doubt the farmers would have liked me hunting their cattle. And on…
Vivaciously adventurous and sweetly nostalgic, The Kings of Summer is bound to strike a chord with anyone who once dreamt of escapism and the embracement of simplicity – which, let’s face it, is basically all of us. The film provided a visceral experience which subsequently evoked memories of my own childhood and my juvenile wishes for minimalism. The highs and the lows, the recollections of the things I built and the places I gallivanted around insistently simmered to the vanguard of my mind thanks to this delightful trip down memory lane (even though I don't have nearly an inch of the audacity to leave home like these guys did).
Set in the current day, The Kings of Summer nevertheless taps…
I never thought I would enjoy these coming-of-age movies this much, especially with the new wave in recent years - they're everywhere - but here we are. While this isn't one of the best it has a few things working in its favor, most notably an adventurous spirit and a distinct sense of defiance and stubbornness found in the three main characters. They are misunderstood (or so they think) teenagers who are fed up with their uncool, annoying parents. They decide to get away from their boring families and build a house in a nearby forest so they can be their own masters, with no one left to boss them around.
There's quite a bit of humor in the movie…
Coming-of-age stories really need to pop in this day and age. This one did not.
Review to be added if/when I watch this again. Probably not, though, as I don't make a habit of rewatching 2.5 star movies.
I'm about to express what's probably a rather unpopular opinion. If you're going to watch an all too self aware, trying to be overly witty coming of age story pick this film over Juno. Do it for Nick Offerman. Also family games night is pretty perfect here.
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Kings of Summer plays as if David Wain and Terrence Malick collaborated on a coming-of-age narrative. As compelling as that mixture sounds, the resulting shift in tones, between contemplative imagery and non sequitur humor, is often jarring. The character of Biaggio, an aloof, nonsensical gag that overstays its welcome, is the epicenter of this tonal inconsistency, but unmonitored improvisational scenes featuring Megan Mullaly, Tony Hale, and Thomas Middleditch are tendrils, as well. Jordan Vogt-Roberts finds his film's center in the relationship of Joe and Patrick, two post-masculinity teens who are searching for an idealized maturity born of labor, hunting, and a dominance of nature that no longer exists. Moments of wild, performative freedom between the three leads (like the iconic pipe drumming scene) are the film's lasting impression, capturing the primitive nature these boys hope to locate.
It is no "Stand By Me" but it is stylish, charming and beautifully shot but that does not make up for the lack of substance this film had. Really disappointing.
An interesting journey that I probably always wanted to have. The film develops fast, but at the end you just don't get what you've been watching the whole time.
Biaggio,Biaggio,Biaggio what a guy.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Before Midnight
- Only God Forgives
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Rover
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- American Hustle
I rank all the 2013 films I see in my personal order from best to worst!