Friday, September 4, 2009

Review: Adventureland

Without a doubt the best soundtrack of 2009 comes from a little movie named Adventureland. The Greg Mottola (Superbad director) effort features an unknown in the lead role and focuses on the Summer of 1987. With the 80's setting comes all of the benefits of the decade: Fantastic music, totally rad clothing styles and spontaneous groovy dance moves. Simply put, Adventureland is everything that was cool about the 1980's.

Jessie Eisenburg plays James Brennan, a slightly dorky college graduate who is trying to save money for grad school by working a Summer at the local amusement park. He ends up meeting a colorful cast of characters including bit parts by Ryan Reynold, Bill Hader and Kristen Wigg. Kristen Stewart from Twilight fame plays the main love interest. This is the first time I'd seen Stewart since she was Jodie Foster's daughter in Panic Room and I must say she really seems to be beautiful, talented and a candidate for the next great actress of her generation. She does a really good job of portraying teen angst in the 80's. The rest of the cast is solid as well and completes the time warp effect.

The story and pacing are well done and the soundtrack totally supplements the overall plot. You've heard all these songs before but never quite in this manner. As awesome as Falco's Rock Me Amadeus is, it becomes a hilarious punch line throughout the film. Overall I would recommend this flick to just about anyone who experienced the decade.
Those who were born in the late 80's or 90's will not appreciate this as much. This is one of the best films of the year and a lighthearted break from the Star Treks, District Nines and Hurt Lockers of the Summer. I give it a solid 4.5 out of 5 JRs and fully expect bigger and better things out of Jessie Eisenberg who seems to have a much brighter career path than his doppelganger Michael Cera. He stars in the promising upcoming Zombieland (how many "land" movies can he be in?) with Woody Harrelson.


Doe said...

I redboxed this because of your review. It'd better be good.

Anonymous said...

It was good. But Kristen Stewart is not all that. She always seemed to have her hands in her hair in an angsty, FML gesture.

Mommy, Esq. said...

I'd like to see it. I hear 500 Days of Summer has an amazing soundtrack (Wolf Mother!) so I'm looking forward to watching that one with Husband too.