Monday, December 19, 2011

Young Adult Review

What can be said about Young Adult other than it's this year's feel bad dark comedy. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, whose two previous films (Juno and Jennifer’s Body) both centered around teenagers. In a way, this one is also about adolescence. This movie stars Charlize Theron, one of the best actors working today, as Mavis, a character we thoroughly dislike. She's a 37 year old who still views the world as if she were still 17, when she always got her way, when her beauty made everyone fawn over her, and when she was queen of her small town.

Mavis is not a likable person. You’ll find yourself both laughing at her and with her, as you observe her incredible desperation to win back her old flame, Buddy (
Patrick Wilson). She is a woman who doesn’t have the best plan, nor does she even get it, but it’s intriguing to watch her carry out her ridiculous plan to the bitter end, with all the peaks and the valleys of her often embarrassing journey, which contains some serious and shocking, (some) funny and tragic moments.

There's definitely an underlining theme of attitude in the film, which was thought provoking - how we perceive the world and deal with the hand dealt is ultimately up to us.
Young Adult had some great performances. I'm a big fan of both Theron and Wilson. Over all it was a well put together film. I will say, though, it was a little more depressing than I had anticipated, but I'm glad I saw it.

What did you think of it?


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