I’ve been gone for a while due mostly to school. The worst part about having constant assignments is putting all the things you love on pause, so I’m glad to be watching movies and writing again. These are the films I got to see.
Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
I have two younger sisters and a young niece, so like the nice sister/aunt that I am, I decided to take them to see this film. A lot of older people discount animated films simply because they’re seen as “only for children”. If you are one of those people, please stop that right now and see this film. I had an amazing time watching this. It was clever, funny, and completely captivating, for both adults and children. Although, there’s a subplot in this movie that I simultaneously love and hate. It attempts to tackle racism using the animal kingdom as an analogy. I was floored and so happy that this was being done. Trying to look at problems of difference in a way that could get across to children is a huge step, especially for getting the younger generation to think critically about the structure of society. What I hate about that is they get racism wrong in certain aspects. It portrays racism of individuals with bigoted views instead of being systematic, pervasive, and dependent on privilege. This concerns me because of how dangerous that message can be. I understand how hard it could be to tackle this huge issue in a way that is understandable and funny to children, but I feel like the analysis should have been more comprehensive. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it for trying. It got a lot right while still being tremendously enjoyable. I just think, as viewers, it’s important to be critical of the messages being put out into the world.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
It pains me that I watched this film without reading the book. Especially because, after watching it, I hope the book was better. I think my expectations were too high (thanks a lot 4 1/2 star Netflix rating), and it disappointed me in certain areas. Honestly, I felt like the character development sucked. Specifically in regards to Earl (RJ Cyler), whom you don’t find out much about. He’s there to pump out nuggets of wisdom here and there but he doesn’t feel like a real person. Combine that with the borderline offensive portrayal of his character, and I wasn’t too happy. A similar process happened with Rachel (Olivia Cooke). You find out some of her interests, but only when shes dead. She was just the cancer girl, instead of a girl with cancer. Quite simply, I wanted to know more about both of them. All that aside, I did love the honesty and the heartfelt friendship that bloomed between Greg (Thomas Mann) and Rachel. It was atypical in the sense that it was a coming of age story that focused on friendship opposed to romance and I truly admire that. It was good, and worth the watch, but it could have been so much better.
21 & Over (2013)
Directed by: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
Why the fuck did I watch this? I’m still not sure. Maybe it was because of Miles Teller and my unfortunate tendency to watch stupid college party films. It was entertaining and I did have fun watching it, but I am completely aware that it was terrible. Maybe I just like crappy movies.