Youth in Revolt – Review
“Micheal Cera can only play Michael Cera” is generally what I am met with when I rave about this talented young man. As is generally the case for most people, my first intro to him was in ‘Superbad’ where he manages to holds own against Jonah Hill, who was equally as impressive and from there I developed something of a man crush for the lanky weasel-esque actor.
‘Youth in Revolt’ is a coming-of-age comedy that puts a fresh and outrageous stamp on a tale of adolescent obsession and rebellion, based on the acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne. Youth in Revolt is the story of Nick Twisp – a unique, but affable teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini – who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) while on a family vacation. But family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart. With Sheeni’s encouragement, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego: Francois. With his ascot, his moustache and his cigarette, Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni, and leads Nick Twisp on a path of destruction.
Youth in Revolt is the perfect vessel for Cera as he moves between his mousy persona I have come to love in films such as ‘Juno’ and ‘Paper Heart’ to name two, but the juxtaposition of his alter-ego Francois is genius and allows Cera to really get into full stride without breaking into too much of sweat. The movie moves in and out of the surreal with moments being punctuated with stop-motion and hand-drawn animation, both of which help paint us a picture of the lengths that Nick will go to, to secure the girl he has madly fallen in love with. The film is full of fantastic talent including the hugely talented Justin Long, who manages to steal most of the films he stars in (See ‘Zack & Miri Make a Porno’) and the legendary Steve Buscemi, who if anything is under used, but this is a mute point as all the characters are great and the dorky British/Asian friend of Nicks also adds a great comic element.
When you’re sat next to Dr. Mark Kermode at a screening on a Monday afternoon you want to try and make a good impression and try and take everything in and act accordingly. Sadly, I failed and many of the moments/lines that I found hilarious and laughed out loud at.. he didn’t. That is not to say he didn’t enjoy the movie though, but it will be interesting to see his thoughts when published. He may mention a wheezing walrus somewhere in his review… That will be me. All the same my thanks to Miss Susie Bayes for hooking me up at the last moment.
Overall this film is sweet, funny and is a return to form for Cera, who has something of a slip with the usually reliable Jack Black in ‘Year One’ last year. I would suggest that you sack off going to see Avatar for the 6th time and get your sweet keishter down to the cinemas and bask in this films’ subtle beauty.
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