To mark my graduation from community college, i’ve decided to do a post on a few of my favorite coming of age films. A fellow blogger suggested that i make a post on my gradation, and after looking for something movie-related to tie in, i decided on coming of age movies, since they kind of relate to graduation.
The Graduate– Even though this movie is set in the 60″s, i still think it has a timeless quality. The anxiety of growing up and becoming a adult is something that i think everybody can relate to whatever the time period(Although i think the current economic troubles makes this movie oddly timely). I also think the humor of the movie still works, as i found myself laughing at various parts. And the acting is top notch
There were two odd things i noticed. One scene has some very quick flash’s that seem to come out of nowhere. I asked my dad whether he saw them just in case it was just my imagination, but he remembered them too. Also there is a shot that seemed to repeat.
But overall, i think this movie deserves the hype it has accumulated.
Animal Kingdom– This is pretty much a coming of age story done in the criminal family genre. The movie makes no attempt to hide how messed up and dysfunctional the family is, nor does it try to excuse there behavior. As the main character seems to get more and more trapped by them, you really want him to get out of there. I particularly liked the ending, which i felt struck the perfect balance of “happy” and realistic.
Nowhere Boy -I ended up liking this a lot more than i thought i would. Even if your not a major Beatles fan i think its hard not to be entertained by Lennon. On the surface he appears to be just another rebellious bad boy, but it slowly gets revealed that he is just lashing out due to his own angst. Aaron Johnson is amazing in the lead role, giving a fantastic performance that kept me engrossed from beginning to end
Let the Right One in and An Education are also in my list but i’ve reviewed them already