Thursday, January 16, 2014

1955 - It's Kind of a Funny Story

I've been meaning to check this out since it was released - which feels like forever ago now.  I really love Keir Gilchrist, and this is a role that's perfect for him as the teenager who checks himself into a mental health clinic - and because the youth ward is closed, he gets hold up with the adults.
The film has a really lovely sense of tone and style and fun and there's some nice little fantastic moments of fantasy that play perfectly within the idea of the character and his world.  It doesn't take itself too seriously and if I'm honest there's times where that works nicely for it, but also against it in terms of predictability.  That said, I think this is the exact kind of film that today's youth should be seeing.  It's one of those "you are not alone" type films - which is exactly the message that's crucial at that age, but it doesn't do it in a way that's pandering.  It's honest.  I dug it.  If you haven't see it, it is on Netflix - give it a whirl.

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