Some of the best movies out there are the ones that get a limited release. It never makes all that much sense to why this is the case, but it is nonetheless. One of those that made the rounds to critical acclaim was The Kings of Summer starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie, but does it manage to live up to the hype?
The Kings of Summer follows a group of friends who escape to the woods declaring freedom from their parents once and for all. Determined to be free from responsibility and their parents they build a house in the middle of the woods and set out to put their destiny in their own hands. This is one of those coming of age type of stories that works on numerous levels. There is a deep story here dealing with finding oneself as well as the independence needed to grow up while at the same time the struggles of family. On the flip side is a comedy of growing up with all of these things coming together to create a great film. There are some strange and entertaining characters that help to drive this film along a way that makes it really enjoyable. There is plenty of quirky comedy to keep what is actually a pretty deep story from ever feeling too heavy. Everyone in the cast deliver great performances with the always awesome Nick Offerman bringing not only the dry sarcastic charm fans love, but also some unexpected heart to the role, but it’s Moises Arias as the strange but loveable Biaggio that steals the show. He doesn’t have a lot to do, but when he is on screen it is brilliance. This is a really heart-warming film that touches on stuff that may seem silly to adults, but really captures the inner struggles of the mind of the youth.
These movies like to play it safe and usually can still deliver, but with this film they opted to go the rated R route that added a more real aspect to the overall film. While some would argue that the bad language isn’t necessary, it is part of real life and is sometimes needed to give a story or performance that extra realism needed to make it work and here was a smart decision. This is a must see film that brings everything to the table and serves up a great piece of cinema.