Benjamin Maio Mackay
The Edge of Seventeen - 4.5 Stars
Surprisingly touching, brilliant and moving.
High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.
I really wasn’t expecting to be impressed by this film, it seemed from its promotional material to be another “teen flick,” however what it turned out to be is an interesting and emotional study of the human psyche. Kelly Fremon Craig, who wrote and directed has created a character who really isn’t that likeable, but as we see the world from her point of view, some of her selfishness is understandable. Craig’s well-rounded characters and interesting plot really helps drive the film.
The cast are exceptional, this is Stenifeld’s best role since True Grit and Blake Jenner also demonstrates that he can really act. Woody Harrelson has a tiny role, that’s been over publicised, but great in his role.
The soundtrack, cinematography and editing all really help the movie shine. There’s very little I’d change about the movie.
Overall not what you’d expect, but a truly exceptional film.
The Edge of Seventeen is released on January 5
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas & Roadshow Entertainment