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Tuesday 20 August 2013, 12:32

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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Some weeks ago I was at a press show for The Kings Of Summer. All the critics at the screening were blown away by the film and the release date got moved as a result...

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    Looks excellent ... and I recognise the odd kid in it from somewhere.
    Off to IMDB I go.

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    Comment number 2.

    Oh crikey ... he's Hollywood from Noobz!

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    *stops video at 1:38*
    Yes, it is a great way to view a movie, much like all the press did with There Will Be Blood and we all remember the small backlash to the 'reinventing cinema language' soundbite. ;)

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    Comment number 4.

    That last line reminds me of my own childhood when me and my friends skipped school for one day; we went on a picnic, but the things we "borrowed" to make it work. And it was the whole idea of being away from the world, away from society, away from the norm. I remember commenting on the idea of the homebrew my mates had "borrowed" from their dad and the W.I. cakes and jams from their mums. To which the response was, "I'm not taking anything else my dad makes!".

    It sounds like an absolute joy to me, very much a reminder of a great day in my childhood and I will most certainly be seeking it out!

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    Comment number 5.

    Somewhat unsurprisingly it is not being screened anywhere in the South West. We never have anything nice out here in the sticks. Sad face.

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    Comment number 6.

    What's happened to your Friday blogs, Doc (latest one pushing a month ago)?

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    Comment number 7.

    Is it better then Mud? Cause that really reached the high points of the 'teen getaway'? sub-genre, just under Stand By Me in the polls.

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    Comment number 8.

    The only cinema i can find where The Kings of Summer playing is the Curzon Renoir in London, and apologies if you've already heard this, their also showing a little film called 'Kuma' which is well worth a look, so why not see both in succession.

    As for the press influencing release strategies, a similar thing may have happened with
    'Run for Your Wife' after i'd heard Mark's review, out of morbid curiosity, i looked online to see how widely this would be seen and not a single cinema in London was screening it. Even the Odeon Panton street, where even the most obscure little film will play for at least a couple of days, didn't want to touch it. I suspect that the press show was such an unmitigated disaster and that Kermode, French, Bradshaw et al gave it such a kicking afterwards that the distributors threw in the towel there and then. You hear about Broadway shows closing because the critics trashed them but this may a first for a movie.

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    Comment number 9.

    From the reviews it sounds similar in tone to Stand by Me & Son of Rambow, which can’t be a bad thing.

    Pity it’s not being simultaneously released on stream-on-demand &/or DVD as it might pick up more viewers whilst the reviews are current.

    Surely a distributer will one day be brave enough to try a simultaneous release strategy with a marketable movie like this; putting this out on DVD in a few months’ time means many will have forgotten about it by then.

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    Comment number 10.

    Looks promising. At least there's no apparent big budget!

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    Comment number 11.

    This came out here in the U.S. around May or June and this was an extremely rare case where I kept missing the film. I never got to see it, sadly, and I wanted to due to its premise and 74% on Rotten Tomatoes. I also love Nick Offerman.

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    Comment number 12.

    There is a classic American kids story book "Andrew Henry's Meadow" with a similar theme.

    http://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Henrys-Meadow-Doris-Burn/dp/0970739923

    Well worth getting for the illustrations alone -- if you have a 4+ yr old.

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    Comment number 13.

    It is wonderful experience to go into a film without any knowledge or opinions from others about it then come out loving it - it is like you have self discovered what it is to engaged with a film for the first time.

    This looks like sort of film I will want to see - going to see if I can book my ticket at my local

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    Comment number 14.

    I saw this delightful film at Sundance London earlier in the year and it really charmed me. The performances from the young leads are wonderful and the cinematography is great - it's like a John Hughes movie directed by Terrence Malick. Can't recommend enough. I hope it does well on release.

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    Comment number 15.

    It's great when you watch a film you know nothing about and it turns out to be brilliant. I had the same experience when I watched Castaway On The Moon which turned out to be one of the greatest feel-good gentle comedy films I've ever seen.

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    Comment number 16.

    Apparently, it's only on 2 screens in the UK this weekend, both in London. That's a massive shame, though hopefully it opens up a bit next week, although I fear The Way, Way Back (Which I am looking forward to) will take up all cinemas "Indie summer kid movie" slot.

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    Comment number 17.

    Previous posters, the blog is about the film being 'held' back, thats why its not on at the dark places that project images....
    Film looks awesome, will there be lashings of ginger beer ??
    Well done on the job Dr K

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    Comment number 18.

    I had a similar experience many years back. I was in Manhatten at the time with my girlfriend, and we thought we would try and catch a movie that would be weeks before it released in the UK. The only one that looked remotely interesting was 'Breakdown' with Kurt Russell. I knew nothing about it, but it kind of suggested that he was going to start losing his marbles like Michael Douglas did in 'Falling Down'.
    The film was completely different though, and I was hooked to the very end. There are some films that are a complete let down, but when you find a good one, it truly is a magical experience.

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    Comment number 19.

    Personally I thought it was dreadful. The odd clever line but a totally improbable plot which pretended to ignore its own stupidity. Lots of time taken up by actors doing pointless things to music. I walked out which I haven't done for a while, although it was a sunny August Sunday afternoon in Central London - perhaps a cold evening in November and it might have been different. I'm catching a couple of films a week this year and this vies with 'Summer in February' for the worst of the year.

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    Comment number 20.

    I saw The Kings of Summer yesterday and all day i've been trying to figure out why it is that i feel so apathetic towards it. I think it's because the film feels very Wes Anderson inflected in that the humour is quite dead-pan and ironic and i always felt removed from the action, whereas a film like
    'I Wish' works it's magic without you realising. But having said that, i will try to see it again, preferably when it's not the third film i've seen that day and i'm more relaxed and my mind is less cluttered.
    A previous poster asked whether it was as good as 'Mud' and i have to say 'Mud' is still a hard act to top.

 

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