|Actors||Bethany Whitmore; Harrison Feldman|
- Girl Asleep Review by Bre
This is a coming of age film with a difference.
It starts off pretty typically: a teenaged Greta on the brink of adulthood struggling to navigate her new world. Starting at a new school and having a 15th birthday party looming forced on her by her well-meaning but clueless mother, she’s faced with making some tough decisions regarding the relationships in her life.
But after having a falling out with her new best friend at her party, the tone of the movie does a complete 180 as Greta falls asleep and enters a strange dreamland where she’s forced to confront her fears about growing up, say goodbye to her childhood, and rethink how she views the people in her life.
While I enjoyed this film, I don’t think it was adapted from the play very well. The dialogue, direction, style of acting and even some of the special effects are much more suited to the theatre than the cinema. The actors for the most part do an excellent job, but they can’t quite shake the staginess of it. Despite its flaws, it’s easy to get lost in the fun, quirkiness of the film and I challenge you to not fall in love with the characters!
3) “You would enjoy this movie if…”
You are nostalgic for the fun cheesiness of the 70s.
4) “This movie made me think about…”
How different theatre and film really are. Because both involve telling a story through acting and dialogue, it’s easy to forget.
5) Overall rating?
3.5 stars. (Posted on 5/12/2016)