Mixed reviews for the coming of age movie
It hasn’t been an entirely rapturous reception that’s greeted The Kings Of Summer despite what we thought was a pretty nifty looking trailer.
The film hasn’t been getting panned, but the critics haven’t been unanimous in praise for the flick, which was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Alison Brie. The coming of age film is about teenage friends – a bit like Stand By Me then, like every coming of age film about teenage friends is – who decide to build a house in the woods and live off the land. “Uneven, haphazardly constructed, and over-reliant on hackneyed symbols of yearning for independence and self-sufficiency,” wrote The AV Club, which was counterpointed by Variety, which wrote “Toy's House, Jordan Vogt-Roberts' debut feature, is a full-on fairy tale, and one that could win plenty of friends with its absurdist, caustically funny take on adolescent agitation.”
The Village Voice was another to take a disliking to the movie, claiming “As nostalgic projections of boyish freedom by a couple of thirtysomething dudes, the so-called kings are good-enough jesters, but I couldn't help wishing they would shut up more and let the grown-ups talk.” The Wrap though write “The perfect hot-weather diversion for audiences who want summer movie escapism without summer blockbuster gigantism.” So ultimately it look like it all boils down to how seriously you’re taking the movie … and yourself.
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