Year of Film is dead!
Long live Year of Film 2017!
With the new year, I have decided to reboot my Year of Film blogsperiment. It retains the same idea as before – I give my thoughts on every feature film I see over the period of a year. In some cases, like this one, I will have previously published the article as a review (or part of one) over at Fake Geeks. Other times, I’ll just be putting up my thoughts directly here.
To kick things off, I watched Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!. I’ve been a fan of his for a while, and the Before trilogy is some of my favourite films of all time.
Below is the brief review I wrote for Fake Geeks:
Directed by | Richard Linklater
Produced by | Megan Ellison, Richard Linklater, Ginger Sledge
Written by | Richard Linklater
Starring | Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell
Run Time | 116 minutes
Certificate | 15
Plot | Baseball pitcher Jake (Blake Jenner) has arrived at his frat house, just a few days prior to starting college as a freshmen. We follow his exploits as he bonds with the new housemates.
Review | For anyone unfamiliar with Richard Linklater’s work, Everybody Wants Some!! may seem a little odd, as it is a film with exceptionally little by the way of conventional plot. However, those more familiar with the auteur’s previous works will know that Linklater is more interested in the interactions between people, then of a centralised narrative. This is very much the case with Everybody Wants Some!!, which simply shows us a three day period in the life of Jake Bradford.
Helping Bradford to settle in are his new team-mates: Finnegan (Glen Powell), Roper (Ryan Guzman) McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), Plummer (Temple Baker), Douglas (J. Quinto Johnson), Beuter (Will Brittain), Jay (Juston Street), Coma (Forrest Vickery), Brumley (Tanner Kalina), Nesbit (Austin Amelio), and Justin (Michael Monsour).
While a large principle cast inevitably leads to some being featured more than others, the acting is pretty good across the board. Jenner is likeable in the lead role, and Powell, Russell and Amelio’s turns are particularly memorable in their own ways – as is Zoey Duetch as the love interest Beverly.
The twelve guys spend their last few days of freedom drinking, partying, getting high and chasing girls – as well as having the odd intellectual conversation. While this might mostly sound like a recipe for disaster in the vein of many a screwball, lechy hollywood comedy, this really isn’t the case. Yes, the guys are out for a good time, but the film treads a line closer to romanticised nostalgia.
There is a genuine warmth to the script and the characters are played with such fresh faced honesty, that you can’t help but just smile at the antics of this cheeky dozen. An early scene sees five of them are cruising the streets on a sunny summer’s afternoon looking for girls, only for it to turn into a Wayne’s World style singalong to Rapper’s Delight. It’s fun, a bit daft and genuinely entertaining – which is pretty much a perfect way to sum up Everybody Wants Some!!.
The Verdict | A genuinely warm, meandering piece of nostalgia that will leave you with a smile on your face.