GREEN JEANS MOVIE REVIEW: Last night I saw the movie “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” which stars Keir Gilchrist (It Follows, United States of Tara), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Birdman), Emma Roberts (We’re the Millers, Aquamarine), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Evan Almighty), Jim Gaffigan (Away We Go, 17 Again), Zoe Kravitz (Divergent, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jeremy Davies (Lost, Saving Private Ryan), Viola Davis (The Help, How to Get Away with Murder), Thomas Mann (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Project X), and Bernard White (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Matrix Revolutions). It follows a kid named Craig (Gilchrist) who checks himself into a mental hospital after constant thoughts of suicide that haunt him from stress of the teenage life. When he arrives there, the teenage ward is under renovations so he has to hang around the adult ward. After only a couple of minutes in the hospital, he wants to get out because of how crazy the people are in there. Because of the issue that put himself into the hospital in the first place, he has to stay there for five days to see if he gets any better. In those five days he makes friends, falls in love, and learns how to live life to the fullest.
I’ve never seen this movie promoted, but thankfully I stumbled upon it on the internet because it is a very good movie. The story is very interesting, giving a somewhat original story to a been-there-done-that setting (mental hospital troubles). The biggest pro that this movie gives me is the directorial style. To fully give it a narrative point of view, the story shows what goes on in Craig’s mind. In a couple of parts of the movie, the screen would freeze, having Craig talk about an observation or a thought that comes to his mind which usually leads to a dream or his own interpretation of what is really going on. It is the most intriguing part of the movie and I applaud it because I haven’t seen anything like it before. Along with the great story is the acting which was awesome. Everyone held up their own part and I really enjoyed Zach Galifianakis’s character Bobby. I also liked the special effects that went into it even though there wasn’t many. The only con that I found with this film was the big amount of clichés that started to fall into place towards the ending. It began to make no sense with the storyline and one of them was hard to understand if it was one of his fantasies or just real life (it ended up being real life). If they represented this movie’s last forty minutes with something realistic it would’ve been a whole lot better. I guess that’s just Hollywood for yah! Other than that, this movie is great and I recommend anyone to watch it! FINAL SCORE: 88%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: