And yet that is what is so very remarkable about the film: In a slim 72 minutes, it heart-tethers us to these teenagers, paying tribute to their unique and private selves while allowing the audience to see its own reflection in them.
Dec 5, 2012Not much of real significance happens, which makes Only The Young feel a bit slight, even at a mere 70 minutes. At the same time, though, every hint of direct conflict threatens to break the spell, in part because the film's secret subject is adolescent self-consciousness.
Sep 23, 2013First of all, this film is beautifully shot and the filmmakers manage to capture a lot of truth. If there's a "message," it's that, in an age of absentee parents, skater culture, pink hair and noserings, there's still an innocence to youth. Relationships develop at their own pace and in their own ways, and they can end up stronger for it. The idea that there's an explicitly Christian message doesn't really hold up, because at times the church isn't even portrayed in a particularly positive light. At its core, this is just a lovely little character study.… Full Review »
May 30, 2013This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Interested? Hard to tell. The story goes nowhere, and centers aroung the wrong characters.
While the very-forgettable-blond young (sic) dude has simply nothing to offer in terms of charisma and story, and following the incredibly pointless vicissitudes of Garrison who falls in and out of love no more than two times in less than 1h10, yes an 1h10, we are simply gutted to miss the sole interesting story of
(wait for that) Skies (don't ask).
Yes she's quirky. But quite mature and so damn real! Her story is obviously the richest. Her ressurected heroinoman mother, her jailed dad, her house getting repossesed, her granddad too old and destitute, two boyfriends...and yes all that in less than 1h10... puff!
Alright, so you have a pool scene that goes nowhere, a party scene that goes nowhere and then when you think it gets redundant, (listen to that) you are thrawn into a pitiful forced love triangle introduced by that blond dude I still don't remember the name who so clearly seeks attention boasting about his scarification that It just shows blatant clumsiness from the filmaker failling to (at least) skillfuly forced down our throat un-eventul interesting stories.
This doc goes nowhere! and who the hech is Mr Conway? We will never know.
But there is still a subtle angle, despite the incredible dullness. What was once the American dream reveals its cracks, filmed in remote California, emptied houses serve as the playground and background of those kids. Families ousted out by credit mortgages.
Their genuine immaturity isn't enchanting but it has the merit to be authentic.… Full Review »