November 01, 2019

Review Mid90s (2018)


#Mid90s (2018): 7/10

Mid90s follows Stevie (Sunny Suljic), a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in Los Angeles who befriends a group of skateboarders during the summer break, much to the displeasure of his mother, played by Katherine Waterston (‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’). This is a coming-of-age comedy drama from first time director Jonah Hill, who draws on his own experiences of growing up in the same era.

The film is shot entirely on 16mm film which, coupled with the effects over the film’s picture, makes for an intimate 90’s feel. Stevie quickly befriends the skateboarding crew and is introduced to a whole host of life’s “pleasures”, including alcohol and the opposite sex, experiences that his brother Ian (Lucas Hedges) and overprotective mother look to shield him from, an occurrence many of us will have had as youngsters.

Mid90s is edgy, cool. It really captures the essence of the 90’s with its laid back and minimalistic approach to hang-out’s at the shop and house parties. It feels less like a film and more like real life with each passing minute. Each of the skateboarding crew members plays their part well, with a great central performance from Suljic. The musical numbers come thick and fast, each Hill’s own choices, which really compliment the film itself. Overall, an encouraging debut feature.

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