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Lukas Moodysson, Coco Moodysson comic book Stars: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne It is a truth universally acknowledged that being a grown up sucks — especially when compared to the adolescent joie de vivre and sheer silliness depicted in We Are The Best.
The only crowd, in fact. We Are The Best hits many resonant notes. Bobo and Klara are outsiders from the get-go, painfully aware of the differences between them and their pink-clad bubble blonde classmates.
Klara owns her difference, sporting a perky Mohawk as an outward signifier of her self-proclaimed rebel status. Bobo is less committed. Her coarse crop as her mother points out to party guests in the opening scene is self-inflicted, and, like so many experiments carried out at that age, regretted.
Bobo angsts about whether or not her short hair makes her look ugly, and visibly winces when teased about her lack of beauty by some passing older boys. Klara flings insults in response, and attacks the bullies where it hurts — via the schedule for the practice room. This is Sweden, so even a youth club is run on principles of absolute fairness.
If a band wants to practice, they need to fill in the booking sheet, a protocol conveniently forgotten by the bullies, known collectively as drudge rockers Iron Fist. So Klara and Bobo find themselves in temporary possession of a bass guitar and a drum kit. Neither of them have any clue what they want to do with the opportunity other than make noise and annoy people.
And so a legend is born. Aware that their complete lack of musicianship can only get them so far, they recruit fellow outsider, Christian music nerd Hedvig. The duo becomes a trio and, naturally, Klara gives the newcomer an appropriately shocking haircut to demonstrate her fealty and cut off her exit point to the gang.
Once she picks up the drumsticks, nothing will ever be the same. Her adventures in punk rock stretch her always-tempestuous relationship with Klara to breaking point, propel her towards her first kiss and first romantic betrayaland push her from the shy sidelines to the central spotlight.
Barkhammer, Grosin and LeMoyne are never short of adorable. Moodysson coaxes honest and enthusiastic performances from his young cast, who commit to every scene con gusto.
As might be expected from Moodysson Lilya 4 Ever, Mammoththere are darker tones in here: Hedvig is too willing to follow Klara, swapping her strict Christian upbringing for a cult of a different sort. The general air of exuberance is undercut with fragility.
The girls behave — as all adolescents do — as if they are invincible. The older, sadder, wiser audience knows they are not. If not quite invincible, Bobo, Klara and Hedvig are certainly irrepressible. They are very definitely The Best. Mar 14, masculinityMovies Comments Off on Uwantme2killhim?
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Based on a true story, Uwantme2killhim? For Mark — as for the majority of suburban teenagers — modern life is rubbish, and he grasps at anything that will make his day-to-day existence seem the slightest bit special. The movie generated a robust franchise, including the usual merchandise, two sequels, a TV show, video games and various comic books.
As with all the best speculative fiction, it reflected the times as well as predicting the future. A smart, funny, self-aware genre movie, it has inspired much affection from fans since its release. Given the continued recognition of the brand, a remake was inevitable.
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