[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…
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…
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…
The Kings of Summer is a well crafted, beautiful and heartfelt coming of age drama that dives into common themes that every teenager experience during highschool and summer vacations; love, family and friendship. Well developed characters, funny jokes and beautifully shot not always is easy to make a movie about this topic and succeed without falling into cliche territory but Kings is never even near of it. A gem of a film that you need to see.
Great coming of age movie. Awesome music.
It was a really fun movie that also makes you think, reminisce, and feel!
There was something about this that I just loved. The simplicity of the plot and the friendship that comes around was wonderful. It's a moving coming of age story with a nice cast.
Charming! I can't think of a better word to describe this movie. Charming performances, charming script, charming scenery. Just a damn charming movie. It's familiar enough coming-of-age territory here, and it's not exactly earth-shattering in its revelations, but few will watch this movie without a smile on their face.
Two teenagers are feeling equally estranged from their families. Joe (Nick Robinson) is tired of his grumpy widowed father (Nick Offerman). His best friend Patrick ( Gabriel Basso) is also fed up of his overbearing parents. Solution: Escape to the forests for the summer and build a makeshift house there. Yeah, because how hard can that be? Turns out about as easy as a two minute montage (set to MGMT's Youth,…
The music in this movie comes right from my iPod in 2010. The Kings of Summer is a beautiful to look at nothingness story of this drama between these two boys who are fed up with their suburbanite lifestyles and decide to live on their own with some other little dude for comic effect. They get into a fight over this girl and it's classic conflict.
Overall, The Kings of Summer makes up for its lacking story in beautiful cinematography and active direction. It's never boring or dumb, but at times it can feel a little overdone. I wanted a more intense third act but instead I got something I'd expect from a rom com from the 90's.
See it for the direction and music, skip it for the simple yet "profound" story.
I must say much better than expected, ultimately leaving me truly wanting to see another film with this organically dynamic cast involved.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film, it felt like an ode to the old Hughes coming of age films while adding in the quirks of recent ones to keep people entertained, with most of the oddball comic relief coming from Baggio, particularly in the police station scene. Most of the big laughs for me came from Nick Offerman as Joe’s dad Frank, just the deadpan delivery in a few scenes had me in stitches. Some of the jokes were a bit out of place, particularly the ‘Have you heard about the boy that cried wolf?’ especially. Also it had Alison Brie….that’s not a bad thing, that is a good thing.
The characters, particularly among the three young men, balance well amongst…
I rank all the 2013 films I see in my personal order from best to worst!