Title: The Kings of Summer (2013)
Starring: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Erin Moriarty and Nick Offerman
Dir: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Basic Synopsis (from IMDb): Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.
My Mini Review:
This film was cute, but I felt like it tried too hard at times – some of the comedic moments seemed forced and awkward. The first film for writer Chris Galletta, the story stuck pretty close to the trappings of the coming-of-age sub-genre, but avoided being overly sentimental. The characters were established and developed well enough to make the story work.
Cinematically, I thought the camera work was ok. I liked the way it was edited, adding small quick cuts and short montages. I thought the direction could have been a bit stronger, which in turn, would have made some of the performances stronger. But overall, the acting wasn’t too bad, considering the script (which had its weak points), and a great performance by Robinson (I’ve seen him in several other films, and I’d say he’s going to have a great career ahead of him). All in all, a cute film with a few interesting characters and an awesome house in the woods.
Overall Rating: 3/5