This film is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon who hasn’t had much experience directing aside from a few television episodes from Glee and American Horror Story. This movie is about a kid named Greg (Thomas Mann) who has made no enemies in high school. It is an achievement that he holds at the pinnacle of his success. His parents (Nick Offerman & Connie Britton) are trying to motivate him to do something with his life. So far it has been making movies with Earl (RJ Cyler) who he refuses to call his friend in an effort to hurt people. His parents find out that this girl, Rachel (Olivia Cooke) has cancer and force him to hangout with her.
That’s all I will say about the story because I don’t want to ruin any of the plot points. This is an interesting take on high school because the protagonist takes no sides in any situation. He is invisible even if it means that no one really cares about him. Greg is like Emmet from the Lego Movie. He blends in so well that no one will ever notice that he’s gone.
This movie is awesome to look at. It has Wes Anderson like elements in the way that it is shot. It keeps everything feeling fresh and exciting. The soundtrack in this film is not memorable but it does a very good job and keeping everything in the right pace and mood. I was really blown away by how everything was brought together and how the movie unfolded. Each element that the director brought, whether it was a lighting change or an added sound effect just kept the pace going and made the movie feel not as long.
The connection between all of the actors and actresses is fantastic. They all seem to have great chemistry between each other. It does a really good job of making Greg seem distant from the world, yet connected. It’s a weird paradox that I think they got right. Whether it’s his non-interaction between Earl or his forced interaction between Rachel.
The ending is also spectacular.
I would highly recommend this movie to anyone because I think it has some interesting messages about how leaving your comfort zone can really change you.