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A recent college graduate must abandon his plans for the future and take a summer job at a rinky-dink amusement park in the summer of 1987.
Every character feels real. People want to do the right thing, but they also make real-life mistakes, act selfish in their relationships and their personal lives, and learn from those actions. Where many other films try to overexploit emotional scenes or pigeonhole the morality of characters with dialogue over-explaining motivations, Director Greg Mottola respects his audience and shows raw emotion through subtle, surprising performances he draws from Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Ryan Reynolds. There is an authenticity to these characters that trickles across each frame.
One of the best soundtracks in recent memory. The film takes place in the summer of 1987, and instead of committing the tawdry choice of taking the most obvious, clichéd 80's music and injecting it into the background, real music reflecting the era/culture of the time is used. Boasting a soundtrack of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Husker Du and The Cure, the music is not only great to listen to but no song feels forced, and the music often carries scenes to a higher level, effectively bolstering mood and emotion without becoming a distraction. More interestingly, all of the unapologetically 80's songs like "Rock Me Amadeus," are used in an ironic fashion, the character's often pointing out how tacky the "popular music" is-an almost meta-critique of clichéd period piece soundtracks.
It's a relatable story. What makes this movie insanely re-watchable is the exploration of the uncertainty and issues young people experience. Where other films would tackle problems like alcoholism in a melodramatic light, they are portrayed through background shots, lines of dialogue and subtle performances. The film respects its audience by showing not telling. Alcoholism is addressed by a shot of Brendan's (Jesse Eisenberg) father in the background blending a drink without the lid on or a bottle of vodka being found hidden underneath the seat of a car. A lesser film would derail these scenes explaining, but Adventureland doesn't pause to point issues out, they just kind of exist, like in life, and this adds a depth to the film that rewards multiple viewings.
This film was great!
The social setting and coming-of-age milestone used a recognizable form for outside reflective chat that can't be found at home till there's enough courage to conclude a personal arc in satisfaction. What made this form successful this time is the charisma the cast provided in their performances in building up the individually definitive humor, along with some additional insightful senses provided while selective few went for an unseen peak. (B+)
(Full review TBD)
smooth and mediocre with a taste of teenage dream..
Adventureland is a plot driven romantic comedy about a guy saving for his college ends up on a low level job where he finds the girl of his dreams. With a tightly packed screenplay and running for around 100 minutes, the feature runs smooth and mediocre with a taste of teenage dream version that draws in most of its viewers.
Its humor isn't in bulk, it is mildly funny that draws in few chuckles here and there which is better than forcibly imputing sketchy sequences that questions its integrity. The primary reason why it works on intellectual level is how it depicts the social verbal sparrings and equation among the colleagues. Addition to that, it also gets the chain of gossiping correctly, the procedure of how a news spread is projected brilliantly.
It is short on technical aspects like background score, cinematography and camera work although the songs are uplifting along with fine editing especially since there are these many characters and each have their own baggage and sub-plot tracks. On performance level, there isn't much range offered to the actors to flaunt in their skills on screen and factor in effectively. Eisenberg is fast as always, with an eerie Stewart and slick Reynolds supporting them throughout the course with week investments.
The narrative is sharp and mature, with gripping and smooth sequences that are piled up one by one in front of the viewers but at the end of the day it all runs on plethora of cliches. Mottola's execution is far better than its scattered script, if anything it surpasses it on a much larger margin no matter how easy and simple it could have been.
Adventureland might be a forsaken land on terms of creativity and originality and as far as adventure is concerned all you have to do is tone down your expectations a bit.
Strengths: Jesse Eisenberg (James Brennan) and Kristen Stewart (Emily Lewin) have played a couple on screen multiple times. Their chemistry is clear and it has never been better than it was in this movie. They play well off one another and feel like a real couple. You want to root for them. There's a charm to them and to the movie as a whole. It's not a premise that sets up for a lot of excitement, but the supporting cast is filled with talented people who make everything work. Bill Hader (Bobby), Kristen Wiig (Paulette), Ryan Reynolds (Mike Connell), and Martin Starr (Joel) were all great without stealing too much of the spotlight. The script allows for a lot of sharp dialogue and some strong character moments. Stewart is especially given a lot to work with when it comes to her home life. The soundtrack is also tremendous fun, filled with feel good 80s jams.
Weaknesses: There's almost nothing in the way of surprises from this movie. A lot of the beats hit and plot points are all things you've come to expect in similar romantic comedies. From Emily's side affair with Mike to the way James reacts to finding out. And while the cast is very good, they can't escape some of the clichés that comes with their characters. Reynolds, Starr, and Eisenberg all feel like they're playing people we've seen before. Also, plenty of comedy misses the mark throughout. For a comedy, I only found myself laughing a few times.
Overall: It's not as funny or original as I would've liked. That being said, Adventureland still provides us with some sharp dialogue, a solid romance, and an entertaining plot that is helped by the strong performances of the cast.
great movie, I loved every minute of it
Greg Mottola's winning and sharp-witted summertime coming-of-age comedy about a college graduate learning life lessons on its roller coaster ride of infatuation, sexual awakening and romantic mishaps.
Honestly, I went into this movie with low expectations. It was pretty damn good.
It has its moments, but overall forgettable. Entirely too slow moving, but it has sparks of humor, sweetness and nostalgia, especially for my generation. Unfortunately, it's not enough to want to sit through this movie ever again or highly recommend it to anyone else.
A film that captures the essence of trying to land your feet post-grad - and the relationships and reflections you make while making the best of your situation.