Nostalgia time—not for 1962, but for when George Lucas could do story and character. Seeing this at the Aero, for the first time as an adult, it struck me that it's nearly as mythic as Star Wars: every gem-like moment—the songs, the energy, the (unrealistic) innocent fun—hits your mind like the youth you subconsciously remember but never had. Let the record show that Lucas pioneered the up-all-night teen comedy.
Un film générationnel qui évoque une époque où les adolescents américains traversaient le monde avec beaucoup d'insouciance et de légèreté. Sur fond sonore de "Wolfman Jack", présentateur radio qui les accompagne partout. A noter le remarquable ballet automobile dans les rues de la ville... www.cinefiches.com
The sly wittiness blends itself with the extravagant naivete quite seamlessly, creating a weird & numbing effect. Fellini is the obvious reference here: this is one of the few films that were able to reinterpret his aesthetics without generating some fridge-magnet-poetry effect. Beautiful.
Lucas' "other" directorial triumph is as simple as a Saturday night cruise & nostalgic with a capital "N." Chock-full w/ classic songs, a free-flowing structure of character moments, & the ever-sinking suspicion that change is coming for the characters & their world. It may not be the ultimate teen movie but Lucas writes from what he knows & delivers, even if his writing will ultimately change for better or worse.