Now I will be upfront about this I am a complete sucker for coming of age movies and tend to like them more than other people, however ‘The Kings of Summer’ (Vogt-Roberts, 2013) is one of the best ones I have ever seen and deserves it place along side ‘Stand by Me’ (Reiner, 1986) in the pantheon of great coming of age movies and more than that great movies generally.
‘The Kings of Summer’ principal character is Joe played brilliantly by Nick Robinson (Not the BBC’s political correspondent). He is young man still dealing with the loss of his mother and not very much not getting on with his father Frank played by the always funny Nicker Offerman. This is the heart of the story can Joe reconnect with his father, just like the story of ‘Stand by Me’ is actually about Gordie (Wil Wheaton) coming to terms with his brother death. What is important about both these stories is the plot is not principal about either of these things. It is just an underlying message. It is this added emotional toll which makes both of these films so great.
But along with the emotional toll of the film, it is important for me to say that the ‘The Kings of Summer’ is undoubtedly one of the funniest films you will see. Here is one of the many great quotes: “Joe: Vicki’s making eyes at you man. Go talk to her. She’s so into it. Biaggio: There’s no point in me talking to her anyways. Joe: Why not? Biaggio: Joe, I’m gay. Joe: Are you sure? Biaggio: Yes, my lungs fill up every time the seasons change. Joe: That’s not being gay, Biaggio. Biaggio: What? Joe: Pretty sure that’s Cystic Fibrosis. Biaggio: Oh”. The Script writing by Chris Galletta is full of these brilliant moments of wit. Anything the character of Biaggio (Moises Arias) is just brilliantly funny. He delivers his lines so perfectly. He is such a strange character that he easily could have become very hate able but Moises Arias treads the line brilliantly and makes Biaggio just about a character you can believe in.
The director of this film Jordan Vogt-Roberts, is currently in the process of the post-production on ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (Vogt-Roberts, 2017). The leap from ‘The Kings of Summer’ a coming of age comedy, to what is presumably going to be a much darker action movies is a large leap. But based on how well Jordan Vogt-Roberts handled ‘The Kings of Summer’ it should be no issue for the talented director. ‘The Kings of Summer’ is a ultra feel good movie, brilliantly written, acted, shot and directed. We are starting to going into Autumn now but see the summer out in style along with the ‘Kings’.
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