[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.
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…
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…
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…
A film that plays out like it was made by the teens that it stars. It's nothing you haven't seen before but it's funny and has a good amount of heart with a great cast, too.
THE KINGS OF SUMMER seems like my kind of movie: it's a coming-of-age story based in reality. I have friends that recommended it. It got solid reviews, along with a huge ovation at Sundance....
But did I watch what everyone else watched? Because all I saw was a big swing-and-a-miss. Shouldn't even be in the same conversation as recent similar efforts like THE SPECTACULAR NOW, PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, & THE WAY WAY BACK.
Almost perfect, a small summer movie gem. It caught me right from the beginning when two boys drum on a tree and a third boy dances. One of those surreal opening moments when not a grand camera but the sound sets up the tone. But the camera is extraordinary also later on.
Good teen drama. Conclusive and focused. Nice setting.
It's nothing that we haven't seen before, but thanks to great performances and a committed aesthetic The Kings of Summer is light, breezy fun with a smart edge.
When I first heard about this film I was stoked. I heard it was a great comedy and coming of age drama. So when it opened I ran to the theatre and saw it before it was out of said theatre. I enjoyed it a lot and found it funny and touching and generally well done on all fronts.
I just saw it again and i liked it even more. It was funnier than the first time, with the first 30 minutes a laugh out loud riot fest. The parents (especially Nick Offerman) were a non stop parade of laughs. Biaggio was a great, weird, endearing and modern comedy masterstroke.
The story is very original for it's type, the acting…
The kind of refreshing and funny indie dramedy tailor-made to charm everyone at Sundance, with its share of indie clichés and a director who seems very eager to show that he can direct, and it is worth seeing especially because of Nick Offerman and Moises Arias, both hilarious.
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Usually when I hold horror movie marathons, they're usually interspersed with a light and funny film as breathing space. Like this one. About three teenage boys who wanted independence (or think they're entitled to) decided one day to build a house of their own in the woods, far from the nagging and condescension of adults. The characters were well-acted, and the overall dynamic between each, at dramatic moments especially, were never sugar-coated. Funny, charming, and with the right amount of offbeat quirkiness, this is a coming-of-age film that delivers; and might have just featured one of film's most unsettlingly weird characters I've watched.
I knew this movie was going to be good but I had no idea to what extent. The scriptwriting was at the top of its game and the cinematography was surprisingly breathtaking. At times, it even felt like Upstream Color which is not something I expected at all. However, the best part of the movie in my opinion was the acting — especially that of the main actor, Nick Robinson. This is definitely an actor I’ll be keeping my eye on. The only downside was the somewhat questionable plotline and sometimes out-of-place soundtrack (except for the final song which was near perfection). All in all, you should definitely see this movie when it comes out in theatres. It’s the perfect summer flick.
I normally use the last couple of months of the year to catch up on films that I wanted to…