[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 do not necessarily feel for these characters but since I am probably on the same age group as they are, I feel somewhat attached to this film. It has definitely given me lots of possibilities and realities to think about.
Do I hate my parents? Nah. But they do get on my nerves sometimes. And they're most definitely not the most understanding parents alive. They're not the kind of people you can talk to about your interests. First of, they're homophobic and they talk about how homophobic they are all the time when bringing up a certain closet gay cousin. Second, they always say how supportive they are of me going into college and choosing to study something that…
Simplemente algo espectacular.
Las locaciones definitivamente ayudan a que esta película te llegue, la manera que tienen de mostrar lo que es vivir en la naturaleza, es simplemente magnifico. Ver como la mistad de estos tres chicos trasciende para convertirse en una manera de vivir es maravilloso.
Tal vez no tiene una nueva propuesta, pero la manera en que lo trabaja es lo que tanto me gusto. Los personajes, las locaciones, los diálogos, el acompañamiento musical. Todo conforma una película maravillosa. Me gusto bastante.
Yes this film is more style than substance but I think that type of approach paid off in the end. All around funny, entertaining, and intimate, The Kings Of Summer, ranks fairly well in the stack of teenage spirit driven films.
favorite so far
I would put this in the same category as Juno or Safety Not Guaranteed, but I enjoyed this one so much more. It did not seem to be putting on any airs whereas those two movies felt so completely false to me. The dialogue in this movie felt true and the acting was flawless. It loses itself somewhere around the end, having some very predictable moments, but over all, as other have said, it is a wonderful coming of age movie that encompasses very realistic relationships - whether they are between peers or cross-generational. A very sweet movie in which every line Nick Offerman utters is perfect.
Me fastidia que esta película no me haya gustado más de lo que esperaba. Quizá ese sea el problema, que la he visto esperando algo (¡con lo bien que se me estaba dando últimamente hacer cosas sin tener expectativas!). No obstante, la banda sonora y la escenografía me ha gustado mucho, e incluso he soltado alguna risotada con ciertos diálogos. Lo que ocurre es que el protagonista me ha parecido un idiota (supongo que todos hemos sido un poco idiotas en nuestra adolescencia), y muchos aspectos de la trama me han resultado bastante inverosímiles.
I really wanted to like this, but it just relies too much on formula and doesn't embrace itself enough like the poster promises. Super uneven in ways that life can't even support its reasoning. C+
What a pleasant surprise! A wonderful coming of age movie with great dialogue (Biaggio is the hit and Dad's lines are just hilarious and funny) and the soundtrack is perfectly chosen. The light atmosphere is very attracting although it's filled with all the small and big problems. I think I'll watch it again some day - maybe with my son.
Have you ever fantasied as a teenager about running away and escaping the annoyance of your parents? Well Kings Of Summer is that fantasy in a sweet coming of age movie.
The Kings Of Summer is a good, fun, and sweet coming of age which mixes drama and comedy beautifully. The scenes where the friends just goof around in the woods will leave a smile on your face, the cinematography is stunning and the characters are likeable. Moises Arias was the star of the film with his fantastic performance as Biaggio. A lot of people will enjoy this movie because it is relatable, just wanting to escape and live a life where you make the rules.
The Kings Of Summer was a lot of fun and really entertaining, if you like coming of age or adventure movies then I recommend The Kings Of Summer, it’s definitely worth your time.
Full Review: www.popcornoncouch.com/the-kings-of-summer/review/
Pleasant and hilarious. Great movie for graduating seniors.
i probably would watch these movies based on the posters alone
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