I finally watched this after having it on my list for a really long time, and it took me by surprise. It’s a vicious coming of age story about a character that I struggled to like, but also struggled to hate in equal measure. I’ve always liked Kristen Bell but she really went for it here in a way I haven’t seen her before. Though it appears to be on the lighter side of the dark comedy spectrum (based on the very sunny poster you see above), the film actually skews to the other end.
It’s a shame they only put Kristen Bell’s name and picture on the poster as well, considering how much they focus on her small-town friends. It’s very rare to find a movie that actually fleshes out side characters, but this one does it beautifully. Mamie Gummer is especially fantastic and deserves more credit than she gets, while Martin Starr’s extremely subdued performance surprised me.
There’s a lot of really fucked up shit in this movie, but it’s definitely worth a watch if you have the time. It’s on Netflix!
1. What’s the last book you read? What did you think of it?
middlesex by jeffrey eugenides - it was definitely interesting, but a bit too long, some parts were dragging. so much like one hundred years of solitude
2. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read, and why?
so i think i acually very rarely hate on books…… like, completely. but i remember reading a princess of mars for uni and it was unbearable. the writing style was just really messy and i rolled my eyes so much. but now that i think about it it was actually kinda fun
A book you found overhyped, and why
first book that comes to mind: aristotle and dante... i found the characterization flat, the writing medicore at best (the dialogues!! jesus.) but man, the lack of female characters/the portrayal of the very few there are just pissed me off so much.
5. Which genre(s) don’t you read? Why not?
i rarely read non-fiction. no real reason behind it, i just don’t like it.
10. The book(s) you bought because the cover was pretty, and whether it was worth it
hmm i know i bought tell the wolves i’m home solely because i fell in love with this title. (and WAS IT WORTH IT. jesus. it’s one of my favourite books now.) i bought starość aksolotla immediately after seeing its trailer (just look!), without knowing what it was about (that book was… kinda wonderful actually). but i can’t think of any covers right now…