film reviews

Not the Best!

I reclined in my comfy chair in the Ritzy Screen 5 with excited anticipation at Lukas Moodysson’s new film ‘We are the Best!’, but was rather disappointed.

I guess tales of early teen rebellion, friendships ebbing and flowing, and inept attempts to start bands have been done to death.

There was plenty of his usual charm, but not the same quality of deadpan lines and observations of the ridiculous adult world through children’s eyes, as in ‘Together’ (2000).

But the parents were still the best (or worst) characters in the film. Middle class, self-absorbed and just awful, they provided the most cringeworthy laughs of recognition. No wonder the kids had to hide in their rooms to escape yet another excrutiating dinner party.

The performances were good, but I would recommend you watch ‘Together’ instead – ┬áset in 1975, this is Moodysson’s tale of a woman who seeks refuge from domestic violence in her brother’s hippie commune.

Lilya Forever and Show Me Love are still on my to-watch list, but I’ve heard they are a bit grim, so I will save ┬áthem for when I am in the right mood.