Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings
Feb 3, 2013The script is well-balanced, with more than enough levity to counteract the less-glamorous topics covered throughout the movie firmly keeping it in the comedic category, despite the drama. The well-known cast’s delivery accurately showcased the awkward moments that are inevitable in reunions as well as the eventual melding and settling of a group of former close friends. Chris Pratt as Cully, the high school bully turned family-oriented father of two, along with Aaron Yoo as Peter Jung, one the former bullied, stole the show with their back-and-forth antics. However, 10 Years also captured the poor pacing of the more unfortunate reunions. Granted, the film was great portraying how reunions generally flow, but anyone who’s been to a reunion knows that they can be dull and never-ending if the ice isn’t broken or the timeline of events doesn’t flow well. 10 Years was a yo-yo of timing, several times pulling viewers in only to lose its momentum.
With the exception of a small portion, the characters aren’t introduced well enough before going into the core story and it contributes to the uncomfortable pacing. Since we don’t know these characters individually before the film, it was more difficult to really care about them until the last half of the movie when all the storylines started getting tied up. That said, 10 Years does manage to capture the feel of adults trying to assimilate their current maturity with their former divisions and “cliques” common among high-schoolers.
I love the idea of this movie, as there is much opportunity for stories about shameless past deeds, long-time loves, and other topics that make up a large part of the film industry, to be incorporated with the under-explored category of reunions. In fact, many of those same topics are covered in 10 Years, which made it overall a film that I enjoyed, will likely watch again, though probably also one that I will find myself fast-forwarding through some of the lagging segments.… Full Review »
Aug 26, 2013Probably not. It's difficult to see what attracted such an ensemble cast to this mediocre, underwhelming school reunion yarn.
Most people's own school reunion's are uninteresting enough and the array of characters in 10 Years do not strike enough of a chord with the audience to make their story engaging. The characters are introduced almost en-mass and it's really difficult to invest in anyone in particular, especially considering the typical run of the mill issues and relationships involved, old flames, bullies, the popular girl etc., that all took place ten years ago.
The script does achieve some small levels of poignancy, the highlight being Oscar Isaac's song written for his secret high school crush, and their are a few funny running gags throughout but ultimately the reunion finishes, the story is told and my detachment from it left me wondering what was the point in watching.… Full Review »