Mid90s Review

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Jonah Hill knocks it out of the park with his directorial debut! Mid90s is about a boy, the one pictured above named Stevie (Sunny Suljic) trying to fit in. Stevie lives with his brother Ian (Lucas Hedges) and both are raised by their single mother, played by the lovely Katherine Waterston. Stevie finds his group, a group of neighborhood skateboarders.

Mid90s is shot on film and presented in 4:3 aspect ratio, so the overall feeling and mood you feel while watching is absolutely spot-on. You are instantly immersed into the 90s period. Jonah Hill also wrote the screenplay and gives every character the perfect backbone of story that we need to understand and have emotional attachment to them. Every character has their time to shine and every cast member especially the lead Sunny Suljic give fantastic performances.

Along with the wonderful performances, the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is no short of incredible. The soundtrack is perfect, featuring songs that perfectly capture the time period and how it was like to live during the 90s. The cinematography is also really well done. 

In conclusion, Hill’s debut is wonderful and I can’t wait to see what else he does in his directing career. Mid90s will have moments that will make you laugh, cry, and most importantly, remind you of conversations you had with others when you were a kid and just overall nostalgia for when you were trying to fit in, and find your place in the world.

Rating – ★★★★


Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Green Book Review
Widows Review
First Man Review
Climax Review
Hold the Dark Review
Wildlife Review
If Beale Street Could Talk Review

 

 

If Beale Street Could Talk Review

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Re-teaming with some of the former crew members he worked with on various films and Moonlight, notably James Laxton (DoP) and Nicholas Britell (Score) Barry gives us once again an incredible film with impeccable detail on all the aspects of production – costume design, sound, lighting, cinematography etc. Barry makes you transport into 1970s Harlem with ease. I watched this twice already and I can’t wait to watch this a million more times.


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Along with how visually stunning and how striking/haunting the score is, the performances from the entire cast especially from Fonny (Stephan James) and Tish (KiKi Layne) are really something special. The story in short is about the relationship between Tish and Fonny. Fonny gets accused of rape and is thrown in prison while Tish discovers that she’s pregnant with their child. As the film progresses, it cuts back and forth between their relationship. Beale Street is a love story yes, but also a story about fighting a corrupt system. It’s romantic and tragic. There is also narration at times from KiKi Layne’s character, Tish. The soundtrack is also very magical and evokes lots of emotions.


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The pacing throughout the film is perfect, there was never a dull moment as my eyes were glued to the screen. Some might find the pacing to be slow but I thought that it perfectly suited the film. I highly recommend you watch If Beale Street Could Talk. It’s truly remarkable what Barry Jenkins has done.

Rating – ★★★★★

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Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Green Book Review
Mid90s Review
Widows Review
Climax Review
First Man Review
Hold the Dark Review
Wildlife Review