I bought this last night and watched it immediately after I got home because the Internet hates me and I hate her (him?). And I have to say, with all my might and every sort of other might, that I loved it and enjoyed it very very much.
But I will however tell you the feel of the movie. If you’re into indie-like movies with big words and mellow-like acting and characters, then this movie is for you. It feels very Juno-like, this movie, or perhaps not, but that’s the only movie I can compare it to but in a very English kind of way, nothing sarcastic like Juno or any American teen movies out there. It’s sexual, yes, but nothing overly sexual, just very subtle sexual stuff in it, but nothing you can’t catch even if you’re drunk.
I like it though. A lot.
It talks about those awkward moments of growing up and finally meeting the one person you love and whom you try so hard to impress despite fucking with your own principles just to get the girl. I wish the main character was a girl, then it would be more relatable to me, but I’m not complaining or anything because it’s just as good.
The main actor, Craig Roberts who played Oliver Tate was brilliant I thought. He really can play one desperate, neurotic and awkward sort of character and Yasmin Page who played Jordana, a.k.a. his on-screen girlfriend, played a really good psychotic-like, mysterious and weirdly attractive character herself. Both of them were born in 1991 I read and both are forces to be reckon with in the movie scene.
I read in one review that Craig Roberts is the English version of Michael Cera. I don’t know what to say to that. To some extent, perhaps yes? They both seem to have a very dull-like, emotionless character who are usually lost in their own world, but that’s just it really.
And I love how his on-screen parents are portrayed in the movie. Dad, played by Noah Taylor whom I thought was brilliant, played an excellent role as the overly depressed, awkward and underachieved marine biologist father while mom, played by Sally Hawkins was the ideal, perfect housewife and mother up until she felt undesirable and unsatisfied.
I have to say that the movie was a lot of talk and if you’re someone who hates watching people talk and observing their behaviours and trying really hard to understand why they did what they did, then you’ll find this movie absolutely boring. Perhaps. But this is the kind of movie where you have to really sit down and immerse yourself in it (like I did) in order to get the humour out of it. The trick is to read between the lines and figure out the symbols behind things; ie. ocean, letter etc.
(Okay, perhaps my course on TV studies made me want to understand all the symbols behind things. Heh.)
Oliver Tate: Jordana and I enjoyed an atavistic, glorious fortnight of lovemakin’; humiliatin’ teachers and bullies in the week. I have already turned these moments into the Super-8 footage of memory.
Oliver Tate: [voiceover] We sat down to have what might have been Jordana’s mother’s last Christmas dinner, which i hope it wasn’t because the turkey was a bit dry and the sprouts were soggy and out of focus.
Oliver Tate: My mum gave a handjob to a mystic.
And the soundtrack is amazing. I think what made this movie complete aside from its amazing cast, storyline and editing is the killer soundtrack. After much research (okay, maybe not extensive research, but much research), I found out that the soundtrack was created by Artic Monkey’s lead singer, Alex Turner. I always liked them; the Artic Monkeys.
I will stop talking now. Watch the trailer to get an idea on what the movie is all about. Needless to say, it’s my new favourite movie now; big words for a movie critique like me. Well, not really and I’m not a movie critique.
This is a good movie with good humour and a whole dosage of intelligent conversations which may not be intelligent at all, but they used big words, so it is therefore, intelligent.