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Teen Spirit Film Review (2018) – Okay Singing Cliché

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(This is Teen Spirit film review, which is a film about singing contest)

Teen Spirit is a film that chronicles something that is very relatable to us. With the common trope of becoming a superstar, this film has already told you roughly half of the pretty predictable plot. So what really sets it apart?

Well, before we get to that, this film is directed by Max Minghella as his directorial debut, and stars quite big names such as Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, and Zlatko Burić. Since it’s a directorial debut, perhaps we can’t expect too much out of this?

Let’s delve down in the Teen Spirit film review below to find out the truth!

 

Premise

Violet is a young girl from a small town in Europe who yearns for stardom, but is stuck with the brutal realities of life and family condition. One day, a mentor appears and she soon enters an international singing competition. Would she be able to achieve her dream?

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The cruel selection…

 

Teen Spirit Film Review

Premise

This film is sort of a mixed bag of extremes for me. It has been compared to a star is born and you can see why but this film almost feels like half an arthouse film.

Plotwise, I loved the first half of the movie as it focused on the small town beginnings of Elle fanning’s character and how she sang from the bottom of her heart, of her soul, desperately wanting to be heard. It was the latter half that I felt really dragged as I did not care for the glitz and the glamour and the politics that inevitably comes with, I use the term loosely here, “fame”.

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An unexpected mentor appears!

 

Pacing/Cinematograph

Maybe I was personally not interested but I felt like there were pacing issues here and there especially during the latter half which made the film feel much longer than its 1.5 hr runtime. But the plot is not the main star here. Its the cinematography and its main focus, Elle fanning.

some interesting angles and made the scene feel that much more dynamic and intimate

The cinematography here omg I loved it and its what made the film seem very arthouse. There’s a lot of longer than Hollywood usual takes and with a handheld cam which created some interesting angles and made the scene feel that much more dynamic and intimate. Locations used were very beautiful here and I think the lighting was very well done, its hard to describe in full here.

 

Characters

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On TV!

 

There are certain actors/actresses who just have a certain quality to them, more than just charisma they have that special something which just holds, nay, demands your attention whenever their onscreen. Rdj is one such person and from the films I’ve watched her in, Elle Fanning may have that same quality too.

you can feel hints of complexity from their characters

This film would not have worked without her and there’s such nuance in her performance. Her, her mother and the character of Vlad especially were played exceptionally well and you can feel hints of complexity from their characters. Sometimes hints may have a much greater effect than actually baring it all.

 

Soundtrack

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Not all voices are equal sadly…

I think most of the performers here were actually singing and props to them for that but there were a few songs I felt were pretty meh. Soundtrack overall was alright too but I wanted more acoustic and less electronics.
It is visually a very beautiful film but the content is lacking.

 

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Teen Spirit Film Review (2018) – Okay Singing Cliché
Story
Pacing
Characters
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Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Well written and acted central characters
Arthouse aesthetic
Beautiful sets and locations
Actors and actresses sang themselves
What's bad
Pacing dragged towards the end due to plot predictability
Actors and actresses sang themselves...but not everyone was believable as a professional singer
3
It's Okay!
Teen spirit plays the trope but does not seem to play it well.
As expected from most directorial debut, there are some good and bad points of the film. Just that this time the film takes the trope and make it a bit too cliché, and also messes too much with the latter half pacing.
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A film enthusiast who wishes more people would share in the appreciation of films. I hate spoilers and some of the best experiences are had when you go into a film knowing absolutely nothing. I try to be as impartial as possible and generally will be optimistic towards my scoring of a film so if I give a low review…well, it’s bad.
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Oscar Sim
A film enthusiast who wishes more people would share in the appreciation of films. I hate spoilers and some of the best experiences are had when you go into a film knowing absolutely nothing. I try to be as impartial as possible and generally will be optimistic towards my scoring of a film so if I give a low review…well, it’s bad.
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