I only gave this 3 stars because the girl who played Kayla is very talented. Boy was this movie boring. If this is really what 8th grade is like these days, I'm so glad I grew up in the early to mid 70s!
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Eighth Grade (2018)
An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.
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In his feature film directorial debut, comedian Bo Burnham deftly encapsulates the awkwardness, angst, self-loathing and reinvention that a teenage girl goes through on the cusp of high school. Given that the 27-year-old stand-up comic achieved fame as a teenager himself through YouTube by riffing on his insecurities, he is uniquely capable as the film's writer and director to tell the story of Kayla, an anxious girl navigating the final days of her eighth grade year, despite creating a protagonist w female instead of male. Like Burnham did more than a decade ago, 13-year-old Kayla turns to YouTube to express herself, where she makes advice blogs in which she pretends to have it all together. In reality, Kayla is sullen and silent around her single father and her peers at school, carrying out most of her interactions with her classmates on Instagram and Twitter. Her YouTube videos are a clever narrative tool that provide insight into her inner hopes and dreams, much like an ...
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BoringReviewed bypublicbikecVote: 3/10
Full disclosure: Middle school was the worst years of my life and nothing will ever change that from being the case.
That's perhaps why I find myself so baffled by what Bo Burnham has accomplished with his writing/directorial debut and the newest of A24's heavyweight lineup of independent films.
Bo Burnham, using some sort of voodoo magic and perhaps an animal sacrifice or two, has managed to not only boil-down all of the awkwardness, unsureness, experimenting, anxiety and emotions of this period of life down to a science, but he also has managed to write what is quite possibly one of the most honest and realistic portrayals of a teenage girl that I have ever seen.
To preface; I absolutely adore Bo Burnham, but I was fairly skeptical entering a film that he himself directed and wrote. With all the creative decisions of a pretty small film under him, this could have easily devolved into disaster if he didn't have the chops.
But, to perhaps no one's surprise, one of the most creative stand-up comedians in the game right now debuted with one of the best portrayals of our teenage years and this current generation, which figures coming from the man who's career began from humble beginnings in the early ages of Youtube.
"Eighth Grade" is the story of Kayla Day, played by unknown-until-now Elsie Fisher, and her final days in eighth grade and all the awkward, weird, joyous and miserable ways those days can transpire. These are presented to us in perhaps slightly disjointed manner, but they almost feel anecdotal in their manner. Plus, as I can attest and ANY middle schooler can attest, all those days and experiences eventually blend-in at some point...
What I feel the need to point out immediately is the absolutely incredible performance by Elsie Fisher, who executes what I think is THE GREATEST portrayal of a teenager I have ever seen put to film. She doesn't deliver lines like an actor, but instead with all the unevenness and unsure feelings one would come to expect. She doesn't look like a supermodel so you buy every single second of her self-doubt, her nerves and anxieties. Even as a 21-year old male, there is so much in her performance and the character she creates in Kayla Day that I STILL related massively to her. I absolutely think this is a star-making performance, and if Elsie Fisher doesn't get an Academy Award nomination, the Academy will have egg on their face.
In addition to Elsie Fisher, we get wonderful supporting performances from the likes of Josh Hamilton as her father, along with a bundle of other teen actors who are just as honest in their interpretation of adolescences as Bo Burnham's writing is. There is not a single performance I did not buy in this film, which makes all the emotions and ways you can relate to this that much more visceral in their nature.
To go off of that, Bo Burnham's screenplay is something of an odd beast that ends up working anyway. Rather than character arcs or any real setups, this feel ends up feeling staggered in its way it tells various instances and scenarios Kayla goes through, which works to its advantage in the way it easily weaves. In addition, as I said before, the way all of these teenagers are written is the complete opposite of the over-blown and silly portrayals we see in work like "Mean Girls" or any other Disney Channel or Young Adult work you could find. This is HONEST, and Bo Burnham seems to have found a seemingly John Hughes-esque talent of capturing what this current generation is all about and how it operates.
Which perhaps brings me to this film's most powerful aspect, but potentially also its only real weakness.
This film is going to be THE cult film of a generation. Specifically, this one. The "Smart Phone Generation", as some derisively call my generation and the ones after us.
So much of this film paints a portrait of these kids growing-up in a confusing time with an even more confusing climate of the internet and social media floating around them. Granted, I don't believe it is touched-on quite as well as last year's "Ingrid Goes West" (Which completely DESTROYS the foundations of social media and critiques it viciously), but it holds its cards close to its hands as it shows Kayla and everyone growing-up in a previous generation that is trying its hardest to keep up and understand them, while they continue to move at light-speed and learn everything, repeat everything, and see the world from their smart phone screens and laptop screens. It's an understated theme to the film, and I think that's what truly makes this film an ESSENTIAL film for the Millenial generation to witness and relate massively to, and know that there is someone out there who understands and can tell stories they can connect to. If any film taps-into the culture of today from a child's perspective, it's most certainly this one.
That said, this is a double-edged sword. This film could potentially become a time-capsule and soon become outdated and lose its relevance with how timely it attempts to be. While all the smart phones, social media sites and Rick & Morty references are working in the wheelhouse here and now, it has the potential to become VERY outdated and seemingly tacky in about 10-15 years, and I am a firm believer that a truly classic film should remain timeless in some aspects. My fear is that this film could potentially end up dating itself, which isn't a terrible fate for a film that is so definitively THIS GENERATION, but that's perhaps a slight negative.
Along with this, there's obviously a few odds and ends that come from the fact that Bo Burnham is a first-time director. He attempts visual motifs with his cinematography, but they eventually recede as the film progresses and we get odd choices of handheld camera work instead. It feels hardly artificial and genuine, for certain, but it lacks a real punch and artistry that I think was needed to push this even harder. Along with it, I think he pushes towards "breaking points" in certain scenes of the film that could really create powerful, effective scenes of drama, but it seems he's afraid of going just that extra length to punch us with the emotion of it. If you see the film, you will know the exact scenes I am describing in this fashion.
All of that said, and all of my concerns aside...this is a truly spectacular film for all it does right. It feels personal, it feels like it is made from the ground-up for this generation and understands it better than an Hollywood screenwriter could, is acted honestly and never shies away from trying to articulate EXACTLY what these years of life were like.
And for me to see the worst years of my life interpreted on the big screen...that's a pretty good feeling.
Pretty terrifying and awkward and cringe-y. But pretty good.
The trailer was amazing and had been dying to see it. So I started to watch hoping I was gonna love it. Starts a little slow compared to how the trailer painted it. (The opening monologue is way too long)
A few extras looking too much into the camera in a distracting way and overdoing their background work. A few camera shots were jarring and distracting. Minor things, but surprised.
Too much music driving the scenes. It almost starts to feel like a music video. As soon as one song stopped and it felt like just being a movie instead of a musical montage, another track started. By the pool that started to get REALLY annoying. Less music and quicker cuts would have been better. Music was also too loud. Whoever was in charge of the music should be fired. What a shame.
JESUS!! They literally could not let the movie play for 30 seconds without starting a new track!! It went throughout the whole movie, until toward the end. It ruined it!!
No coherent story. Just random scenes that constantly digressed from one focus to another. No one story-line ever really completed. It was almost like it wasn't written, but not in a good way. Sometimes I felt it was overwritten so it was odd.
Some of the scenes were a little too forced and unnatural like they were pushing the cringe too much and not creating a balance of emotions. Some were just straight up staged like the hallway where she fasces the two popular girls who are ignoring her on their phones.
There was a lot of humor inferred in the trailer, but it was actually mostly cringe and very little humor.
SO DISAPPOINTED! It was the ONE movie of the year I was looking forward to that looked the most promising.