Growing up is hard to do in Young Adult

100 movies of 2013

Young Adult

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

It’s another one of those. Those films that have been a good watch. Engaged me. Amused me. Maybe even made me cry a little bit. And yet, coming here to write something about it is proving to be difficult. Maybe I’m suffering the same writers block that Young Adult’s Mavis suffered from. Just be glad I’m not even contemplating going down the same route as she did to kickstart something to write about.

Young Adult is a good film. Charlize Theron had a hard job with Mavis. Mavis Gary is a self obsessed nut job who doesn’t appear to have many qualities you’d expect to have in a human being. Jesus, that was harsh.

And yet, I felt for her. Mavis made for an incredibly unsympathetic sympathetic character. Maybe it was more pity that I was feeling for her. Like the rest of her ex-highschool classmates. Massive kudos to Charlize Theron for making such an incredibly unlikable character interesting to watch.

Credit to Patton Oswalt too. Right now I’m having a lot of fun watching him comedy-up Justified. Here, I figured he would play a sort of comedic character. But turns out, Matt Freehauf is just as messed up as Mavis and living in the same history as her.

Young Adult is a tough watch. Tough in the sense that Mavis is not a nice person. She’s not a central character you root for. She’s selfish, self obsessed and her aim in the film is just wrong. Get passed all of that and you’ll find a somewhat sad film about a couple of people who are still trying to find their place in the big ol’ world.

(Side note: Is it me, or was the film totally marketed wrong. The film posters make it look like some kind of comedy, rather than the straight up drama that it is.)

Young Adult (Viewed: 19/02/13 | Rating: 4/5)

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120+ Movies of 2011

I’ve decided to do another ‘100 movies of’ for 2011, but as I managed 124 last year, I’m going to aim for the 120+ mark this year. I think there were a lot of reasons last year as to how I managed to hit that target, but I’ll see if I can go higher without a few of those reasons.

The Horse WhispererThe Horse Whisperer (01/01/11)
Another one of those movies I just never saw. I remember it when it was released, but it was barely a blip on my radar back then. Not for cinema anyway. Did make for a good curl-up-on-the-sofa-for-a-lazy-afternoon film though. I get sucked into films about animals and fell for this one. I didn’t care too much for the human characters. The story about the horse, Pilgrim, did get a few tears out of me. Though part of the time, whenever the name Pilgrim was mentioned, my brain went immediately to Scott Pilgrim!

This was a nice harmless movie to while away a few hours. Something inoffensive to watch with the folks.
Rating: 3/5

The Informant!The Informant! (09/01/11)
The Informant! was partly a movie I was expecting and partly not. I was expecting a few more laughs. I wasn’t expecting something based on true events. I was also expecting Matt Damon with a dodgy moustache – least one box was ticked. It was an entertaining film in the sense that as the film went on you as the viewer were as confused as those around Mark Whitacre, as to what was fact or fiction. Even at the end of the film, I wasn’t really sure as to if there were more to Mark’s lies than he had said. There clearly had to be. Matt Damon was pretty well transformed into the tattle-tale that was Mark Whitacre. Seeing Joel McHale in the film was a nice surprise! Though I have to admit to nearly nodding off a couple of times, but then being drawn back to the land of the waking by the score.

Overall a decent movie, though not as engaging as I’d hoped it to be.
Rating: 3/5