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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Senior Year movie review

Adamtar: the last hairbender March of the Senior Take a walk through the park and then while walking expect to have rocks and twigs and random other crap (some of it literal crap) tossed at you. That basically sums up the plot of the new drama/comedy directed by Quentin Tarantino. It's like if you took the moving and redeeming plot of Shawshank Redemption and combined it with the hilarity of a Marx brothers movie. We see the movie open up at the end of summer as the main character Adam Brobst steps through the doors of Freeport High School and enters into his senior year. Everything starts off pretty well in the beginning as we get a sense of what Freeport, Maine is like and how dirty the high school is. However when it comes time to deal with the college process that's when hilarity ensues and we see everything in Adam's life lose control. With Tarantino's twisted and dark sense of humor we can't help but laugh along as Adam slowly loses control of his high school life while dealing with the college process. In the middle of the movie we watch as the love interest is introduced and now Adam actually has something to work for. She is the bright spot of his winter and quite possibly the greatest thing to happen to him and they end up staying together for the entire movie with a bright future ahead of them. This is also when the movie takes a deeper turn and we watch as Adam slowly cares less and less about high school and turns his attention towards college. We see him distance himself from kids he's grown up with all his life and we watch as every night he cries out to god why he should have to do all this monotonous high school work when he's just ready to move on and go to college. The ending is where we see the full character development. We watch as Adam makes his final decision to go to Ithaca College and signs his letter of intent only to learn that his last week of high school is when his teachers decided to load him with work. We also watch as he again has to fight against his oppressive school to finally break free of their chains and go out on to his senior project and then hopefully go on to a prosperous life far from high school. Adam Morrison Brobst gives a very moving performance as himself and the viewer really starts to relate with both his humor and humiliation. He captures the pain and struggle of the last two months of high school with mastery of a seasoned actor, and we really see his capabilities in one scene breaking down and wondering why the hell he is still getting assigned in his words "BS high school assignments when he should be working on college stuff that will actually help his future." Overall this movie is well worth a view, but not for the kids having a PG-13 rating for excessive swearing and a touch of violence. If you're looking for a comedy with a moving message then this is the movie for you. I found myself enjoying it very much although I'm glad for the love interest because otherwise the winter scenes would've been slow and depressing. But in the end I laughed and I cried and I enjoyed my ride. Grade: 4 stars

2 comments:

  1. Anything directed by Quentin Tarintino is nothing short than spectacular and I'm glad he hit again with this film about the incredibly life of Adam Brobst. I need to see this movie, then see it again, then buy the Blu-Ray, then watch it a hundred times more. I'm sure this movie is fascinating and I can't wait to check it out. Enjoy college life at Ithica and stay sexy.

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  2. I'm sure this video would win an oscar or some kind of award. It seems like the main character overcomes a very depressing beginning of the year to end up in a very fulfilling accomplishment of getting into the college that he wanted.

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