Oh the tales of growing up, of adolescence, of the period self-discovery, of first love, of first heartbreak and of pubic hairs. Coming of age movies, a genre by itself which other people calls ‘drama’ , are pretty much common in the film industries as long as you stay grounded amidst these superhero extravaganza from DC and Marvel. Sometimes you’ll find some heartwarming, entertaining and very relateable movies. My favorites coming of age movies are “December Boys”, “Never Let Me Go”, “Mud”, “Little Manhattan” and probably all of the Studio Ghibli animated features. And just recently here comes this rare find of a gem called “The Kings of Summer”. See the kick-ass poster below:
Damn I love that poster. So full of life. I knew it right away I have to download watch this one.
The following synopsis is quite simple for me to describe what the story is all about – I just copy-pasted it from IMDB.
Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank’s attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are going to build a house there, free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods.
Written by A.J. Porter
King’s probably the best coming of age movie I’ve ever seen. Never saw a movie that transports me back to those adolescent days. I mean it’s a pretty unique and fresh story, but hey this is my teenage years! I believe it basically captures how it feels to be that young, you know of being wild, the need to be understood, the hunger for independence and on quest for that glorious first love.
The main characters are very much likeable and most importantly I did find my teenage self in each of them. Meet Joe the visionary guy, who has the crazy ideas and wild imaginations yet vulnerable, assertive and manipulative. His best friend’s Patrick, he’s the big athletic kid and by all means a hunk in the making. The problem is Patrick is mild mannered and basically worships Joe. And the last is a strange kid named Biaggio, extremely weird and funny little fellow you can’t help but love him.
And what I really love about this movie is it takes a real good look on how wonderful FRIENDSHIP is at that particular period of our lives. The picture is just so beautiful to look at as we see those three mastering their own destinies, taking grown up matter into their own hands and well, their house. The movie is a funny, stylish (oh love those slow mos!) and so damn full of life portrait of an extreme case of adolescent quest for independence . I wish I had that kind of wild summer back in those years because at the end of the trip Friendship is really all that matters.