This could have been cliché and insipid. Instead, it is warm, colourful, fun and feels very real. The young lead - who was in The killing of a sacred deer and is definitely going places - shifts between his tough guy persona and more vulnerable nature to moving effect. A few over the top moments, but nothing major and the film montage at the end was genius. May Hill continue down this path, he has a lot to offer.
An accurate depiction of male teenagedom in the 90s - does that make a good movie? Does period detail make it a good story? People let nostalgia take the reins – in some ways I did, too. It's not that I didn't like it, it's that it's nothing new or challenging as critics claim. It's an homage to a period that delivered films just like this (Kids, of course). Points for effort, but it's far from essential viewing.
Using film instead of digital makes you feel that you are actually watching an indie film made in the '90s. I also really enjoyed that it wasn't too nostalgic. sometimes films like this can get caught up on nostalgia, but Hill just made it seem we were watching a 20-year-old movie, and that is refreshing.
Some great stylistic flourishes. Smart play to let the soundtrack do all of the heavy lifting. No idea why he felt compelled to make it. Rife with that icky feeling of white authors using black voices to provide the charisma and conflict they cannot write into the drama. More convinced the issue is with the screenplay seeing as several other factors make it pop 2.5
It's a pure, skateboarding film shot with love in 4:3 with meticulous attention to period detail that's impeccable in it's authenticity. Mid90s grabs you from the first explosive hallway scene signposting everything to come. Jonah has done a brilliant job of cutting through a lot of the bullshit around skating and getting to the heart of why so many of us took it up as lost kids. 4 stars
The 1990s was perhaps the last decade with at least a bit of character, enough to make nostalgic coming of age stories about it. Not that different from growing up in Norway at the time (The Simpsons, basketball cards, corporate youth culture). Surpise screening, not a film I would normally buy a ticket for otherwise.
Maravilhoso! Jonah Hill se mostrou um excelente diretor, filme super maduro, impecável! Lembrei muito de "This is England" versão anos 90 + EUA + skate . Atuações são incríveis, diálogos muito sensíveis e ao mesmo tempo com um humor muito inteligente e bem colocado. Tudo na medida! Trilha sonora e direção de arte perfeitas, tudo pensado minuciosamente e encaixadinho. Montagem super bem feita. TDB! Nota 10!
A charming rites of passage picture that's not trying to judge its adolescent protagonists but quietly points towards the bitter-sweet moment in their life when childhood dreams meet reality. This, being a background to a younger main character's search for identity, pops out to the foreground. Also, how old is he? Looks like he's eight but he can drink and get high much more than my 25 year old self can handle.