Thoughts on Palo Alto (2013)
I actually went into this expecting a stereotypical teen film, thus my expectations weren't very high. I actually really enjoyed it, it felt like a 7/10 to me. But the night after I watched it, I realised that the way it portrays youth, teenage years and all dramatic AND beneficial sides of it is so accurate and authentic. 5 days after I watched it, I'm still thinking about it so much.
One thing Palo Alto definetely shows is that Jack Kilmer, the son of Val Kilmer, is a major talent to look out for, even giving out some River Phoenix vibes. He is definetely the most interesting and sympathetic presence in the film. His character actually had a lot of layers to him which was surprising to see from such a teenager-esque setup.
Another thing that was interesting is James Franco wrote the novel this is based on. Him being cast as a more or less creepy dude in this film should raise some concern considering he would have had to have himself in mind as this character when he wrote it, and it's not like he has been keeping is a secret that he has these kinds of ideas IRL.
I think this might be the first film that will become one of my favourites but that I can't rate a 10/10 by any means. It's far from perfect, but I saw myself in a lot of the characters and their struggles in the film.
The only part I had really mixed feelings about was Nat Wolff. It might just be because I can't take him seriously since I saw Death Note (2017), but his performance somehow felt really unnatural and forced.
If you like art-house and existential dramas, perhaps with young characters, this might be one to check out. This was really my cup of tea.
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