Eighth Grade Review


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Hey Lovelies,

Coming-of-age comedies are being a cinematic hit. In recent years, the development and levels of talent that have risen from them has been amazing. With the likes of Edge of Seventeen, Blockers and more giving us fresh faces, new plot ideas and real experiences on screen, Eighth Grade, which is out today on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally, is joining them.

Telling the tale of a young girl’s journey through her teenage years, director Bo Burnham introduces Elsie Fisher, as Kayla. As she approaches her last week in middle school, the film tells of her disastrous final moments in the eighth grade. All before she enters high school and redevelops herself.

When a film makes the listings of Barack Obama, as a must-watch, there is no denying that it is going to get a lot of attention. Yet, Eighth Grade is a feature that paves the way for more to come on its own. Full of powerful performances, a strong script and a character that everyone can relate to in one way or another, the feature is a standout. And it all comes down to the casting of Fisher.

Having earned her a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes for her role, Fisher is a shining star within the feature, alongside her co-worker Josh Hamilton. Burnham has taken every aspect of what many teenagers, both previous and modern, to create a character that all can relate to. She is likable, quirky and someone that you can imagine meeting. Whilst, Hamilton gives just as good of a performance.

Together, they form what makes Burnham’s story so great. As a breakout filmmaker, the work is going to be hard to top. However, full of modern-day issues, truthful matters and the idea that the internet is changing everything we know and love, Eighth Grade is a feature that shows how social media and school are so enriched together and the effect it is having. All in a beautiful fresh manner.

4 Stars

Joey X

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