[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…
I guess if Moonrise Kingdom lacked any or all of the following elements:
a) latent homosexuality simultaneous with gay panic and gender stereotypes/bias overacted by
b) bland affected child actors who are photographed in
c) bland affected film school exercise unmotivated technique up to and including the zoom-in/dolly-out cliche, annoyingly distorting z-axis subjects within rack focuses, and haphazard splotchy lensflare
d) which evokes no empathy whereas the parent characters, while equally dislikable, at least have token identifiable personality traits which they overextend in
e) choicelessly edited run-on Apatow-level improv tags to their scenes before we cut back to the
f) skywritten comedy relief templated from Superbad's McLovin
...then this is the movie for you. And you are a shithead and should die.
Simple, day-in-the-life of teenage boys in summer.
Some parts of this film were fucking hilarious, especially moments with Moise Arias who's acting was so great that I thought it almost out shined the other two main characters. It was a nice story that had some moments which were filled with real depth and emotion but overall I felt like it didn't really go anywhere. The soundtrack was great and loved the shots of the woods and the outdoors throughout the movie.
Great beginning and great ending but the middle didn't really take me great. Still enjoyed it though.
THIS MOVIE HAD REALLY GOOD MUSIC SEQUENCES. the music made me Feel Things. and i like the things they do with light. also the main guy looked like a less intense dane dehaan
I missed this in 2013 and I'm pretty pissed it's taken me this long to catch up with it. What a pleasant surprise. The coming-of-age subgenre is rather overstuffed these days but The Kings of Summer really stands out as something idiosyncratic and spirited. It's joyously entertaining and isn't bogged down in nostalgia or painful honesty that films like, say, Adventureland and The Way, Way Back pride themselves in capturing.
This is a wacky film and a lively one. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts brings an 80s blockbuster eye to the visual side keeping the whole thing bouncing along with real energy and excitement. It's constantly funny too. Nick Offerman lays claim to many of the best lines but the film is…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Schöner coming of age Film. 2 Jungendlich haben die Schnauze voll von ihrem Eltern und verstecken sich zusammen mit einem weitern Freund im Wald.
Family disconnect - under estimated youth, parents in bubble; freedom, independence, friendship, courtship… all in the process of growing up; good acting by boys
Some beautiful moments but while I somewhat identified with the coming of age themes most of the time I thought the characters were boring and I didn't particularly care about their motivations.
- 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!