Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up.
A divorced writer from the Midwest returns to her hometown to reconnect with an old flame, who's now married with a family.
It's become 'a thing' to slag Diablo Cody of late, to the extent that Bobcat Goldthwaite's God Bless America included a brace of jokes aimed at Cody and her first screenwriting success Juno. It's hard not to see this as anything other than sexism, as Tarantino rarely gets this level of shit for writing hip stylised dialogue, and it's rare to hear any jokes about Juno director Jason Reitman. Young Adult should go some way to countering some of this criticism, dispensing with 'yoof' vernacular.
The film features an astonishing central performance from Charlize Theron as a self centred, borderline alcoholic, writer who goes back to her hometown with the express intention of wrecking her former high school boyfriend's marriage. The character is barely redeemable.
This is a filmI largely watched through my fingers, such is the level of mortifying embarrassment on display. It's a back hearted drama that is quite compatible to Todd Solondz at his most misanthropic.
Been intrigued to watch this for a while and it did not disappoint, I love the cynicism and the dark comedy and Charlize Theron's ferociously humorous and great performance that manages to make her likable despite the fact the character shes playing is kind of horrible. Theron is perfect for that tricky task. I like how the film builds a character study of her quite abhorrent character Mavis, the high school "It girl" is someone we don't usually follow for the full course of a film. Its intriguing to create a three dimensional comic antihero who in every scene makes you grimace and cringe at what she says and believes.
This film felt so amazingly awkward as you realize straight…
Well this really is the End of Days because I just enjoyed a film penned by Diablo Cody. I never thought it possible after her first two horribly self-aware and smug movies. There are hints of this here too but it works far better when you aren’t supposed to like the character at the centre of the story.
Charlize Theron is sensational as the woman who, despite leaving her small hometown for the big city, has never really been able to leave it. Via her job as a Young Adult writer she has become stuck in the world of high school, a world where she had everything and is still living vicariously through her characters. She is a brilliant, horrific…
Somewhat darker and more dramatic than I anticipated, Young Adult was a very pleasant surprise and has definitely earned a second viewing. Charlize Theron (snubbed for an Oscar nomination, though I believe she may have deserved it) does an incredible job playing the thoroughly unlikeable Mavis Gary, a shallow former prom queen who returns to her hicksville hometown of Mercury in order to try and win back her old flame, undeterred by his married-with-newborn-child status. There are many dark laughs, and more than a few relatable moments for anyone who has indulged in the avoidance of ‘growing up’ (isn't that all of us?), but the real genius of this film is that for all the terrible things Mavis says and…
Young Adult plays out as more of a drama than a comedy, but does so very well. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, Charlize Theron plays Mavis; a woman in crisis. While living alone in an inner-city apartment, Mavis is a failing author of fiction aimed at young adults. Her once-popular book series is dying and while also suffering a divorce, she soon turns to alcohol, sending herself into manic depression.
Charlize Theron's performance as this obviously mentally ill, middle-aged woman going through a breakdown is absolutely fantastic. There isn't a minute when she's on screen that her character isn't believable. She proves to us the power that facial expression can have on emotional expression.
This film is raw, honest and at times excruciating. Backed up strong performances from Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson, Young Adult is one of those rarely appealing "feel-bad" movies.
Certainly Jason Reitman's worst but I would blame that more on the writing of Diablo Cody than anything. I was not a big fan of Juno which felt the need to be quirky weird just for the sake of it thus making it feel too artificial. I think Young Adult at least does not fall into that category but unfortunately suffers from worst.
While not necessarily being a "bad" film it was far from being anything special and the only redeeming qualities it had were from the cast and how Reitman put the whole film together. The elephant in the room is surely Cody and her bonkers way of writing. Either the plot lacks any cohesiveness to its story or…
I really wish Charlize Theron did more comedy. She's a natural.
I liked this a lot more on the 2nd watch ..
Anyone else this Charlize was born for this role ?
Patton Oswalt's movie for sure. Steals it.
Jason Reitman is one of those directors like Noah Baumbach that people get all excited over for reasons I don’t pick up on. His movies aren’t bad, Juno was really cute, but I mean… Thank You for Smoking? Up In the Air? They’re fine movies but they seem really skin deep. There’s no magic to them at all, for me. Young Adult was more of that. I liked it fine, and it was gutsy making Charlize Theron so unlikeable, and I appreciate Diablo Cody toning down her dialogue, but it didn’t leave much of an impression on me. Patton Oswalt was fun though.
Charlize Theron’s performance as Mavis Gary is raw and outstanding in Young Adult.
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Charlize Theron is surprisingly funny (and unsurprisingly pretty) in the refreshingly sharp Young Adult.
this movie made me sad
Ultima peli de mi maratón.
Fabulosa charlize theron que la verdad tanto la caracterización como su actuación son sublimes en la película, cada gesto, cada giro. Me ha encantado.
Pero por otra parte esta peli me ha hecho sentir muy incomodo, no he conectado demasiado con el personaje, esta demasiado fuera de mi punto de vista, supongo que necesito unos cuantos años más para empatizar con el personaje y conectar con el de forma más profunda, o simplemente este tipo de problemas que trata todavía no me siento identificado con ellos.
Muy buena película que revisare dentro de unos años.
Y hasta aqui mi maratón de Jason Reitman, en Agosto veré la siguiente.
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Counting out genocide, starvation and global warming, the greatest fear of every human should be turning into Mavis Gary, and I do mean "turning into". Some will say the movie's whole shtick is about hating her, but I'd like to imply these folks think too highly of themselves. She is indulgent behavior, stupid pride and blind nostalgia fueled by alcohol and cranked up to eleven. There is a lot of Mavis, and a lot that wants to be Mavis, inside every human being.
Ultimately, that's why Young Adult matters. From the large "plot" levels to the small and punctual "directorial flourish" ones, it's always walking the very fine line of hating and feeling sorry for Mavis. The very fine line between clueless hate and tough empathy: isn't that the struggle of us all?
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Please help me…