Sorry this has taken so long to put up.
In all honesty we made this review weeks ago, and we wanted to do a video chat, but in true Girls on Film style we decided to film our review in a bar (haha) surrounded by screaming Londoners in the throws of their post-work ruckus. Anyway, after trying desperately to edit out background noise or try and figure out if there is a way to retrieve our heads which appeared to have been cut off, we decided that it would just be easier (and trust me, better) to type our thoughts on the whole experience. This is all a bit of a learning curve so bear with us, we’ll get there 🙂
Ok so for starters, we went to Screen on the Green in Islington for a preview of the film (yes yes, it really was that long ago). The cinema itself is really nice. We managed to sit on little sofa-for-two seats but their standard seats are more than adequate. The service is outstanding, with waiting service at your seats so you can be as lazy as possible (a big plus in GOF’s eyes). They had a really great selection of snacks and drinks although as you would expect very overpriced for the amount you get, i.e. infant size popcorn for £300 etc. But the whole experience was really worth the money, and I recommend just getting a cheeky glass of wine or whatever is your tipple of choice just because you can (if need’s be get snacks from the Tesco across the road, or like us bring in a kebab..)
Also the staff are super attractive so thats a plus
So the film…
Amelia: The film was really good, there were parts that I was a a bit worried about, such as because the film was filmed over twelve years and was described as ’12 short stories’ I thought that it might be quite disjointed, especially because the actors hadn’t seen each other for almost a year in-between each shoot
Holly: Yeah, they only had a three day shoot once a year.
Amelia: And I thought that maybe the bonds between the characters because of that would be weakened, but actually I think they seemed so genuine and so strong which is a real testament to the acting skills of those in the film.
Holly: And it just felt really natural because of that, as if you were actually watching a family develop and seeing all these characters grow up and change, through everyday problems. He said he wanted it to look like a memory, looking back from the vantage point of being grown up.
Amelia: Yeah exactly, that’s what it was. It was just watching characters grow and change.
Holly: But actually grow and change, not just in a narrative sense. And it was really enjoyable. Because it might sound a bit boring just saying ‘oh 12 years watching people grow up’ but it was actually really funny, and endearing.
Amelia: And you can place so much of yourself in all those difference times that it makes it really personal.
Holly: I think the director put a lot of importance on making it genuine and capturing the right kind of moments, not just the traditional filmic moments we see in all films, he wanted to put in the little things that shaped him into an adult.
Amelia: I thought the way that you see certain characters repeated again and again, and others that come in one year and are never seen again is really reflective of true life. It also make you realise who is important in your life and who isn’t. You can tell Linklater is trying to tap into the emotions of those watching the film. It makes you really think about how people can make a significant impact on your life.
Holly: Yeah definitely, it captured a feeling in the audience because of its realism that I don’t think other films are capable of.
So, what are we giving this movie?
Amelia: I’m thinking Komodo Dragon
Holly: Yeah me too. I don’t really know how it could be improved. But because it’s this first of its kind, you were talking about this before, how it’s a prototype and people can now develop this idea.
Amelia: Obviously Linklater touched on this idea before with his ‘Before..’ trilogy but he’s taken it further, he’s truly such an innovative director, he’s not afraid of risk taking and pushing the boundaries of story telling and i think that’s so important today in an age where technology seems to be taking over.
Holly: He’s coming from a really good place. You can really feel that there’s going to be so much more and this is just the start.
Amelia: I liked the way the actors had impact on their characters as well. So the script wasn’t written in one go it was written over the twelve years also.
Holly: And it was based on how they had changed, so that it became what it was organically.
Amelia: I just really liked it. I mean, it was very long…
Holly: It was long, and it was always gripping.
Amelia: Yeah, but imagine if you filmed twelve years of your life, you’d have so much footage. It must have been very hard for the director, when it was so close to his heart, to give up shots.
And that’s it. Try to see this film because it really is the start of something amazing in cinema.