The Kings of Summer (2013)


Do you remember that summer when you realized that you were no longer children and that you could hold the whole world in your hands if you just gave a little more? In case you forgot, this movie will bring back memories of that feeling. If not, it won’t take you too long to get along with these guys on top of the world. Or at least one of its hidden corners.

Joe (Nick Robinson) is a classic fifteen-year-old in the sense that he is fed up with the rules imposed on him by adult society, primarily embodied in his father (the great Nick Offerman). The two of them spend time in all sorts of quarrels, unable to bridge the gap that arose due to the death of Joe’s mother. On the other hand, Patrick (Gabriel Basso) is the child of caring and caring parents, but too caring and overprotective. In these roles, Megan Mullally and Mark Evan Jackson will make you remember every transmission of shame you felt while listening to your own fathers and mothers speak in front of your friends. But what is the axis of the whole story is the transition from childhood to adulthood, which is what our heroes will do, deserting into the forest to build a house, a castle, their own little kingdom. They will be joined in this regard by Biagio, a perverted child, brilliantly played by Moises Arias, who made me laugh out loud several times in very short hours.

True, all this may seem like another coming-of-age movie, and it’s no secret that the author of these lines is extremely weak for stories of this type, but the strength of this realization is not in his main premise. but from the details and people the summer of the king makes it more colorful and exciting. In addition to the main roles, which are written and played quite convincingly, other characters can buy you, which will last for two more such films. Although this is his first script, Chris Galeta has done a great job turning Jordan Vogt-Roberts into a great, equally hilarious and touching piece of celluloid once again.

In addition to the brilliant writing, Kings of Summer looks great, the colors and photos are very summery and refreshing like a warm breeze. The golden fields and green forests of the Kingdom have repeatedly made me nostalgic for August wanderings through various abysses, deserts and rain forests. As with any great adventure that comes at a time when you are no longer quite men, but already grown boys, there will be a lot to be tested here. As difficult as it is to be in the middle of a forest, to catch food, to fix a leaking roof, it is just as difficult to heal a broken heart or survive the wounds inflicted on the closest friends. If you look closely, you will see that the whole summer of our childhood is combined in an hour and a half of the film, and in many moments on the screen you will recognize yourself and your friends.

So, if you want to reawaken the Forever Boys within you, this movie is for you. No matter how much you lie to yourself that you are an adult, to a greater or lesser extent, that stupid kid who runs around the meadow, brandishing a sword, howling at FREEDOM, will always be with you, and no worse visiting him again from time to time. And trips like this are the perfect way to do that.