Film recipe: eyes wide shut + Possession + black swan.
It’s got a groovy, youthful, urban aesthetic but most of the film feels like an empty music video on repeat. The chemistry is solid and all the actors give authentic and promising performances but Skate Kitchen circles around and repeats the same story beats over and over. There is simply not enough narrative meat to justify its lengthy run time and the film drags when it should be feeling youthful and energetic.
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