Today marks the release of Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally. The film has been slowly gaining momentum since its premiere at Sundance earlier this year and even just today made a list of films to watch in 2013, that you probably have yet to see.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer is one of the most touching and profound coming of age comedies to have ever been made because it carefully balances The Hangover style comedy, with the camaraderie of Stand By Me and the intelligence of Juno. This is a film, which on paper isn't made for anyone; is it for adults to reminisce about when they were kids or is it for kids to fantasise about what could happen to them if they ran away? Or perhaps Vogt-Roberts has created a film, which is for everyone and how you react to the story is ultimately personal to where you are in your life - now how many comedies can do that?
Everything runs in the undercurrents of Lisa Aschen’s impressive, understated debut. Charting the course of a tempestuous relationship between two Swedish teens in patient, subtle strokes, Aschen crafts an assured inversion of the coming of age film by observing the darkness that can lie beneath teenage existence.