If you have ever felt out of place, unsure of yourself or like you’re alone in the world? Then The Edge of Seventeen is for you. One of the most refreshing and heartwarming movies you’ll see all year. There are so many moments through out the film that anyone could point out and say: “yup I relate to that.” or “ya I’ve definitely felt that way.”
This film perfectly captures all aspects of being a teenager, the good, the bad, even the awkward experience of going to a party for the first time. Writer and first time director Kelly Fremon Craig does an excellent job of making you remember all the ups and downs that you faced in your youth (said the eighteen year old). Craig balances humor and drama in a way that so many directors can’t these days. Craig has made one hell of an impression on me with her directorial debut and I’m eager to find out what she is going to do next.
Hailee Steinfeld was the standout in this film for sure. Steinfeld showed off dynamic range with her great comedic timing, as well as her ability to nail her dramatic, emotional scenes. Woody Harrelson is in this movie as well and brings and good sense of levity to every moment he is on screen, yet also a feeling of heart and leaving a strong impression. Now speaking of leaving an impression I want to talk about Blake Jenner. I’ve been hearing a lot about Jenner in the film industry these days and I had never seen him in anything that really impressed me until I saw this. I now understand why he was one of the front runners to be the new Han Solo. I look forward to seeing more from him in the future.
The story as I’ve mentioned before is easy to relate to for the majority of people out there. I really found that aspect of this movie to be really appealing. Some people mainly guys may think: “how can I relate to a movie about a teenage girl” but you’d be shocked and surprised. Most people go through the feeling of insecurity and this movie serves as a strong reminder that you aren’t alone. I wish this is a movie I had seen when I was a bit younger but I’m still impacted by it even now.
Last thing I want to touch on before wrapping things up is that this is easily my favourite soundtrack from a movie in 2016. Hearing Cage the Elephant and Miike Snow (that’s not a typo) really made me happy as I listen to them and that kind of music quite often and it is rarely represented in cinema. All in all I really liked The Edge of Seventeen and highly recommend it to everyone to go see this weekend or at some point in the near future, you wont regret it.
I give The Edge of Seventeen an 8/10
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