Summer of 8

Greetings my loves! For my newer readers, I want you guys to know how much I love movies. This movie, in particular, has sparked up a lot of controversy on a popular movie review site IMDb. Summer of 8 to be exact. I am going to show you guys some reviews I read, and I will share my peace too. I would love to hear what you guys think as well. Read on for more!

Summer of 8 circles 8 friends, 4 boys, 4 girls on their last day together before they all depart for college the following day. They spend nearly a full 24 hours together and throughout the entire movie, there are decisions to be made and secrets needed to be revealed. By the morning, viewers are still left with questions just like our cast members.
First I am going to present some of the reviews:

Empty Coming of Age Drama

3/10
Author:caspian1978from Boston, MA
2 September 2016
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

“Summer of 8 appears to be a modern day Summer of 42 with the backdrop of a modern day Eden being the beach side world of youth and endless possibility. Most “Coming of Age” dramas include the subject matter of saying goodbye, losing ones virginity or letting go of the past in order to grow up. While Summer of 42 captures the age of innocence along with the struggle of entering adulthood, Summer of 8 falls short far from anything serious let alone entertaining. For starters, the movie cast 8 actors in their late 20’s to portray a group of 18 year old recent high school graduates. Not only are most of the characters hard to keep track since all are attractive and look very similar. None of them represent a broad picture of today’s youth. All are from well-to-do families since all are well dressed, well spoken and hardly have any real problems since the only issue is being young and having doubts about tomorrow. Although the premise offers a universal issue facing every generation, the cast and overall story fail to attract a large audience that would really care about any of them. The phony love scene is not only absent from the audience view but unrealistic and basically just as empty as the plot of the story. At the end of this 85 minute very slow story, the audience is left cheated, knowing that the only reason they gave this movie a chance was because of the movie’s poster. The image of girls dressed in bikinis caught their eye. The limited eye candy along with 85 pages of endless dialogue and monologues makes Summer of 8 want to be taken serious but is nothing more than an empty drama.”


The reviews are missing the point.

9/10
Author:normancaleb1
15 January 2017
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

“As the title of this review suggests I believe people are missing the point of this movie. Summer of 8 might be a bit cliché at times but I think it’s fully aware of that. The movie isn’t just about the sexual conquests of the guys and how they just want to get laid before college; It’s more than that. Summer of 8 is much more a film about exploring the small amount of time you have as a teenager; the feeling of infinity that you inevitably have to face up to when you become an adult. I really enjoyed this film, it was something that made me realise that everyone is scared of growing up and moving on from old friends isn’t uncommon. I may be considered nieve for writing this review being that I’m only 17 and I don’t know anything about growing up yet. Sometimes I just think the reviews of these types of movies aren’t based so much on how people see them critically but more that they aren’t hugely different from one another. Reviewers compare so much to other films that they don’t try to understand it from a different perspective. All of the actors in Summer of 8 seemed genuine enough, and the chemistry was there. I think to really enjoy these types of movies sometimes you have to search deeper than just the surface. Sometimes trying to think through the characters is how you see what is actually there. Maybe that’s just to hard for some people.”


Flawed premise, wasted cast

5/10
Author:vicstevinsonfrom Cambria, California
3 September 2016

If this was about two or three out of the eight trying to reach a benchmark before college, that could have been feasible, but all eight? That’s simply contrived.

The film plays out like a feature-length Beach Boys ode to youth, but has an awareness of what’s happening that people usually don’t grasp until long after the time has passed.

Shame, really, the cast is appealing and seems up to the task of a lighthearted last-day-before-college day at the beach, maybe some sexual intrigue, maybe a regret or two; but these are eight actors tasked with playing one role. This film could have been about them realizing just how divergent their personalities are, now that high school is behind them.

Okay guys so after reading all of those reviews, I personally felt as though I should look at the movie in a different perspective. Then I realized something, the maker of this movie was looking at their audience. The people who would most likely enjoy and understand this film are high school graduates! This movie applies to all of them. Whether you have a large group of friends or just one close one, everyone has to deal with the complete shift that comes with graduating. More importantly having to say goodbye to a lot of people, whether you are leaving or everyone else is. This film is also extremely interpretive. It does not hand deliver answers to its viewers. The filmmaker wants the audience to put themselves in the shoes of these 8 teenagers and ask themselves, “What would I do?”

I agree in that there is a little bit to be desired in terms of clear cut relationships and deeper backstories for some of the characters. However, during the movies’ progression, I locked into one more detail, how these situations play out internally and externally. When put into said situations like long distance relationships before college per say, externally, you want to make the best of the last moment. You want to cast doubt to the wind and bask about in your final endless summer day together. While internally you have a million and one questions flying through your head with no solution. It is a film for teens coming of age and moving on in life. Just like life, movies will always be left to interpret as we see fit. None the less, this is a beautiful film and I invite all teens and graduates alike to sit a spell and watch.

P.S guys it has a beautiful soundtrack that I am currently listening to actually.

 

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