“Subtext is for cowards”
Release date: August 28, 2020
Director: Ninian Doff
Who should watch this movie: Fans of Edgar Wright’s work. Boomers.
When should you watch this movie: After a particularly vitriolic political “debate” with you conservative relatives.
The sell: This movie wants you to think hard about the world around you, but it also knows you won’t so it does the thinking for you. Quirky ensemble cast, psychedelic effects, and rapid smash cuts are at this stage pretty familiar to the average movie lover. It’s not unwelcome, nor is it particularly original. The film unfolds as a series of increasingly absurd events, many of which are laugh out loud hilarious and none of which make any sense. Towards the end, the movies turns and addresses the audience directly, saying more or less “In case you didn’t catch the metaphor, here it is again plainly stated. Get it? Get it???” Whether or not this movie has the charm to balance the heavy handedness of the message is up to you. I will say that the four leading actors are all phenomenal and any heart in the movie can be attributed to their earnest portrayal of teenage debauchery. Bonus points for including Eddie Izzard.