People growing up in high school have lived through this awkward transcension between kid to adult and this film pretty much hits the bullseye. Certainly if you grew up around the time period (1987) helps drive the point home by holding a mirror to ourselves and cringing at our past selves. Film does great on all fronts, nails the 80s scene with a great soundtrack with the comedy and drama played in perfect balance.
This for me is the most interesting coming of age film ever to come out of Britain. It's easy to see where Richard Ayoade gets his inspirations, apparently from all the great visual directors. This is truly my most guilty pleasure, I think I've seen it like five times already. Great colors and mise-en-scene.
In no way a perfect movie, however, this film perfectly personifies my teenage years. Filled with isolation and misunderstanding, I first watched this film at a point when I needed it most. I feel like most teenagers could probably relate to Oliver in the film in a healthy way, especially considering his less than desirable behavior. Beautiful soundtrack, relatable story, and Ayoade is a very promising director!
Where Wes Anderson meets Alex Turner. While it is a bit more raw and emotionally authentic than Anderson's work, it's also a bit less succesful in translating the deliberate style and dry humor into a satisfying watch. That being said, the film has everything I love about its director - it's smart, sharp, a bit awkward and funny in the britishest of ways.