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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  • Comment number 21. Posted by TomBeasley

    on 10 Sept 2013 16:51

    I just saw it and I'm rather blown away. It's very rare that a film can capture that period of life so very well, where the naivety of youth briefly intermingles with the arrogance of adolescence. Life-affirming, witty stuff.

    It's like a Wes Anderson adaptation of Lord of the Flies.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Harry Limes Shadow

    on 27 Aug 2013 15:33

    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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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Fiesta

    on 26 Aug 2013 20:02

    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 18. Posted by Frank Doubleday

    on 22 Aug 2013 07:23

    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 17. Posted by R E ffolkes

    on 21 Aug 2013 23:31

    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 16. Posted by SquidgyGoat

    on 21 Aug 2013 22:04

    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 15. Posted by SpacedOne

    on 21 Aug 2013 17:19

    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 14. Posted by VanHelstink

    on 21 Aug 2013 15:26

    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 13. Posted by SanjuroTokage

    on 21 Aug 2013 07:02

    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 12. Posted by aidan

    on 21 Aug 2013 04:41

    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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