• Joshua Buck

Booksmart (2019) Review

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Director: Olivia Wilde Writer: Emily Halpern Producer: Megan Ellison

Genre: Comedy

The inclusion of this movie is amazing and has to be one of the best Hollywood movies I have seen for this. The film doesn’t hold back we are introduced to characters who are homosexuals such as the lead Amy (Kaitlin Dever) and characters that take pride in their gender identity as seen in Ryan, a female but seems to identify as more of a male. The film is confident in portraying all sexuality and doesn’t hold back and it is truly a breath of fresh air and a lesson that Hollywood can learn in the future with teen movies. However, the film realised that this was also its downfall as the culture of the movie lead to so much confusion as who to be attracted too and it did well to execute this without being offensive but also showing the struggles of being homosexual in an everyday teenager’s society.

The story got kicked into gear with the realisation that the girls have wasted their lives at school by focusing solely on work to get into the best colleges or universities after graduation to find out that the people that have been partying are also going to similar colleges and university. The girls embark on a journey to make sure that the party and make sure that:

‘‘Tonight, is our night.’’

The direction from Olivia Wilde is astounding and I loved it. Her craft truly showed in the final sequence at Nicks party where she finds the perfect tempo for a scene combined with camera work that shows you what they want you to see without even telling you what said thing is first. A massive chunk of the movie where Amy and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are at the party is honestly flawless and the combination of magnificent writing from Emily Halpern and direction from Olivia Wilde. It is truly a genius and she is shown to be a master of her craft already. I cannot wait to see what else she is going to direct. Another amazing bit of creativity within this movie was where the girls turn into wax figures and there’s this hilarious scene where they are wax figures and how this idea came about was honestly genius and hilarious.

This film is a comedy and doesn’t disappoint there were some truly cringe-worthy moments that I really didn’t wish I was watching but then the next time I was laughing out loud.

There were some gorgeous moments of cinematography where Amy and Molly are left outside the Lido Pizza place looking for a way to the party and there was this beautiful wide-angle that captured the whole scene and the neon pink light produced a truly beautiful image. Another really nice moment was the Nick and Molly choreographed dance sequence that once again used some gorgeous lighting and a spectrum of blues and pinks bled onto the screen showcasing cinematographer Jason McCormick’s skill.

The acting was amazing and Amy’s performance I felt was really mature and the girls had great chemistry between the two of them and it became a great dynamic to watch the highs and lows of their friendship get tested. There was a nice cameo from a familiar face in Jason Sudeikis playing the role of Principal Brown and provided some great laughs, comedy is just his genre and he thrives as an actor in this genre.

I really enjoyed this movie, I thought it was funny, dealt with a delicate issue of homosexuality really well. It was perfectly directed with excellent performance and I honestly don’t have any criticism of it at all.

I rate it a 4.5/5.

Until the next one,

Joshua Buck

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