[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…
On first viewing I had high expectations for this summer trifle and felt a tad disappointed, but I liked The Kings of Summer much better the second time I watched it. The cast is quite enjoyable and the story, although somewhat generic, provides enough imagination and funny fodder to make it worthwhile. Nick Offerman and Megan Mullaly in perfunctory parental roles are as good as always, but the young characters, charismatic Nick Robinson and quirky Moises Arias, stand out most. Overall, the film is silly, sweet and tinged with nostalgic sentiment and I can say without hesitation that I would watch it a third time.
The pinnacle of indie coming of age movies.
Quirky, Weird, Funny, Dumb, Over the Top, Immature, Crazy, Honest, Heartfelt.
All these things describe what a teenager is and also describe what this movie is all about. And its beautiful.
Estaba entrete hasta que mató al conejo. Además: mucho dude.
Joe: Have you ever felt this at one with... with yourself? With your instincts, with nature? This... this masculine?
Biaggio: I don't know. I don't really see myself as having a gender. Is that a problem?
If there's something I really love about this, aside from being such a summer movie, it is my discovery on Gabriel Basso and how he reminds me a lot of my Korean crush Kim Woobin.
Frank: Yes, I experienced a childhood on the planet Earth. I've heard the story of the boy who cried wolf.
Biaggio: Do you know we've been walking for half a mile? I can tell by how much we've bonded.
Joe: You haven't said a word the whole time.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts feature film debut centers on three teenage boys that choose to leave their domestic childhood's behind and become the masters of their own destiny in a clubhouse in the woods. Both funny and touching, the film is lifted by the great performances of the young, mostly unknown actors. Once in the woods, they find love, adventure, jealousy. A lot of what they were looking for.
Many of us are fascinated by the idea of building a house in the woods and living there. The romanticism of the idea fades as soon as reality creeps in. Some moments reminded me of 'Into the Wild'. As youth we do all sorts of crazy things and we all have this crazy fantasies and imaginations and sometimes it turns worthwhile to actually feel the reality associated with our fantasies.
Overall an average okay movie. 2.5/5
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