Young Adult Review
“I Had No Idea You Could Do That With An Ink Cartridge”
January 2nd, 2012
Young Adult is a 2011 drama film.
Directed by: Jason Reitman.
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth Reaser.
An adult female, stuck in her immaturity decides to revive an old flame with an old high school ex who is married with a newly born child.
Buzz revolved around this film for the director, the lead actress and even the writer. While the first two are great at what they have done in their career so far, the other is a 50/50 in her work. Diablo Cody in my opinion has only one good written piece and that's Juno. Even if the film isn't my cup of tea, it's success cannot go unnoticed. If you look closely at Diablo Cody's track record (excluding Burlesque), her work relates to adolescent characters and their problem, and the case of Jennifer's Body, supernatural problems.
Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary who does a good job in forcing you to feel bad about her actions. We have all at least met one Mavis Gary in our lives, young or old. That one person that never really grows up and depends on the past to provide a future. Theron does an amazing job playing the carp of the year. With the material given to her, she creates a character you can hate or have trouble liking but still enjoy the performance. Though the nature is cruel in it's intent, we cannot help but like it. Patton Oswald gives just as good of a performance playing the unlikely friend from school that never got spoken to by Mavis. His story revolves around being beaten to death and crippled for being accused of homosexuality. Mavis may be a train wreck, but Oswald's Matt Freehauf's past puts him in the same position as the popular cheerleader.
In a way, I can relate to these characters simply because at one point after my graduation I didn't want things to change but my friends moved on too fast and I stayed behind wishing for the old days to return. However, I'm no Mavis or Matt. These two made an enjoyable polar opposite character duo with their serious tone and comedic style. The shots made by Jason Reitman were good, especially the camera doing a Birdseye view over the tape player (for those whom have seen the movie). But, the director simply does his best with the material given to him. We see the protagonist and the supporting role get their issues taken care of, but we are left hanging with "what happens next?". We get a sign of change, but we don't actually see it happen or even a visual hint; a few pages into the script that Diablo Cody could have added. That being said, we can learn that the movie is a triumph expressing prolonged adolescence.
My theory to Mavis Gary's predicament can trace back to her past but as not to spoil it for some, I won't delve into it further. Overall, what we get is a story with no happy endings, and a seriously messed up character that's so blind, we are surprised she has made it this far. Can a person really be so self absorbed and blind to not even grow up?
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus