American Graffiti Reviews
Not every line or gag works wholly, but so many do and the performances are so charming and appealing that it's impossible to think that the same director would go on to the career he did. That soundtrack makes it a musical where the songs inform the action - the one time Lucas came close to being like his contemporary Scorsese - and they're all pretty much killer. Yes, even Surfin' Safari. And the way that it ends with the Beach Boys' after those final title cards on the characters makes it profound and bittersweet. In 12 hours you get a full life, or lives.
And we've been having fun all summer loooonnggg...
PS: Harrison Ford - dare I say as bad-ass as Han Solo with half the screen-time?
While American Graffiti may be too old for me to relate to, this look back at the 60's is funny, flashy, and all together heartfelt.
American Graffiti is a 70's film set in the 60's that is actually quite
a funny and also fun adventure. With some greats of cinema so young
acting in this and a script and direction done by a known name, this
turns out to be well not in my opinion as good as people sometimes say
it is, but nevertheless is good. I thought going into it that maybe it
would be dull and just another teen comedy than runs out of jokes on
the first corner but this is different and maybe being set in the 60's
helped it out a bit. I thought it was a solidly good movie, and here
below is why.
The story is one that takes a little time to get into it, at first I
felt it was never going to start properly and just like the cars, was
going to stall fast. It does however get into a nicer flow of things
and the comedy also in the middle and end of the movie really flows as
well, it genuinely is funny stuff and should make people laugh if only
just a little. I liked the ending too, I won't ruin it but you actually
are interested in the characters involved and kind of want to see the
thing they want, to happen.
Richard Dreyfuss is the real star actor in this and his character Curt
is funny, clumsy yet weirdly rational among all the crazy youths
hanging around. Ron Howard is in it, back in the day when he acted and
he does OK too, he doesn't seem to have that much screen time which is
good as it isn't just focusing on one person in the story. The entire
cast are pretty solid and watch out for a pre Star Wars and Indiana
Jones Harrison Ford who even in a pretty minor role, still acts really
well in it.
George Lucas is the mastermind behind it all, directing and co writing
it he does a good job with it all, the script is probably one of if not
the best thing about the film with some great word choices and dialogue
that kind of draws you in. I enjoyed the set production of the movie,
for anyone who lived in these times it could be a massive nostalgic
trip back in time, especially if you enjoyed cruising down main street
and whistling at every girl you saw.
When it comes to criticism, one point for me stands out for me, and
that is the music of the film. Now I am not hating on 60's music but
the songs are played way too loud and they all sound exactly the same
and so for the first half of the movie, I was just annoyed at the music
choices. Sometimes I felt it also dragged off just a little bit so that
is wasn't that great but it doesn't swerve off the cinema road badly at
Who to recommend this to?, well I think if I watched it back then I
would target youths but even now, the teenagers of today and college
students could still watch this and enjoy it all just as the kids of
the 70's did. If you enjoy them type of high school Comedy/Drama's then
this could really also be for your tastes, however it does feel
slightly different to usual ones seeing as it is set in the 60's, and
isn't actually all about taking drugs and meeting girls on the street
or at parties.
Overall I give this movie a high 7/10, it is Solidly a Good movie, some will
disagree and say it is great as I have seen many who do, but don't be
afraid to dislike parts of it or even not like the film as a whole. I
also will say that if you decide to watch this, try to be a bit chilled
out whilst doing so as the movie is fast yet slow at times and being
comfortable whilst watching it well, you may like the movie much more
if you do it that way.