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Adventureland Review


Location: Cineworld, Glasgow City Centre        Date:18th August 2009

Adventureland is’nt actually out in UK until September 11th but this was a free preview screening thanks to Total Film and See Film First dot com so after nearly 7 months I finally get my hands on a freebie.

Adventure stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen stewart, Bill Hader, Martin Starr and Ryan Reynolds and is set away back in 1987. Its set just before that year’s stock market crash and James (Eisenberg) a recent school graduate now preparing  (as well asking for more money) to conquer  Europe (and loose his virginity) with his friend  before heading to New York City to a Ivy league school. James is brought down to earth when his wilted alcoholic father is demoted from his job and the Euro dream is over and now is forced to stay with his parents in there Pittsburgh home.

James must find a job pay for his upcoming expenses and finds the elusive job in a dreary amusement park in his home town called Adventureland. The park is full of strange and sometimes eccentric  characters from the park’s over the top owner Bobby(Bill Hader) who at times tried his best to be funny but wasnt (though he did come out with a few good gaglines), then there’s a few others mmm how exciting!, James best friend at the park Joel(Martin Starr) who was at times the only one of the bunch who could crack a decent joke along with his saurve charm.Mike (Ryan reynolds) the parks engineer but spends more time chatting up young woman telling them about his adventures with Lou Reed  and we nearly forgot there lovable Em (Kristen Stewart) and of course James falls for her but he doesnt have a scooby doo that she’s having a rough time.

What can see in this movie is the large amount of dysfunctional people we have here: Em a little older than James especially emtionally but in need of someone nuturing love rather than fooling around with Mike(well alot of girls would gladly line up for a bit of hanky panky with mr reynolds after getting his paps out in the proposal) who happens to be a married man with a troubled marriage so now there’s a shift from James to Mike and Em been the main focus of this movie.

Adventureland I wasnt expecting that much, its a coming of age movie but I thought I would be able to relate a little with film as it was meant to be young people in late 1980’s well I was only a few years younger in 1987 than all the characters, but I could n’t really. I did connect with the fashion style which I had to laugh at as much of the 1980’s style is alot current trends: grungy but also loud & tarty. The music was excellent until they constantly played “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco and any sign left that I may actually like this went out the window.

This film was really slow like a tortoise running the 100metre sprint, I know this sounds silly and it was dark but I actually spent alot of times staring at my watch wondering how much more do I need to suffer (someone walked out the movie after 40 minutes!). I wasnt complaining too much as it was a freebie but watching this was like watching 15/16 year olds sitting around old playgrounds with a bottle of buckfast getting bored. Maybe Im the wrong age or possible if my girlfriend was with me we may have enjoyed it better, who knows. So if you think not alot happens in Inglorious Basterds well NOTHING happens in this.

The music and Martin Starr are the only reason it got 2 stars, maybe Im too old to appreciate this movie (which is already out on DVD in USA) or if I must follow everything with a connection to Twilight relgiously then I may just have time for this other than that go see GI Joe.

Review Rating: 2/5



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