This is the time of year when people commemorate the closing of an era of academics and transition into a new phase of life. I’m talking about graduation, which happens to play a pivotal role in Booksmart, which happens to be the directorial debut of film and television actress Olivia Wilde.
This gist of Booksmart is relatively simple to follow: best friends Molly and Amy have worked hard to get into elite colleges and have assumed that their classmates spent too much time partying to get into college themselves, but the students who did party also were accepted into prestigious colleges, much to their surprise. The two decide that they don’t want their high school reputations to be all-work and no play, so on the night before they get their diplomas, they want to live a little and crash a popular guy’s party and they certainly get more than what they expected!
Word of mouth practically compelled me to check this movie out and I gotta say it’s worth it and so much more! Olivia Wilde and writers Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Katie Silberman have crafted a pulls-no-punches, colorful, energetic and hysterical film that sneaks up on you, delights you and doesn’t apologize for it! I was blown away by Booksmart!
The writing of this movie is so well-paced, mainstream, mature but comes from a pure place, and so vibrant that it just opens your eyes to a perspective of the world that you hardly see anymore and in ways it’s nostalgic because you may flash back to when you were graduating high school and who you were at that time and it’s effectiveness is practically effortless. This movie features an exemplary level of storytelling that just hooks you and takes you for a ride!
What rivals the storytelling of this movie? The direction. Olivia Wilde knocked it out of the park in her feature length debut! She took a very lively screenplay and brought it to stunning and technicolor splendor! This was funny, but at times it was suspenseful, shocking, heartbreaking, badass and altogether, beautifully well-done!
This cast was awesome! The leads, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, were great, Billie Lourd, Jason Sudeikis, Skyler Gisondo, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, Jessica Williams, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Mason Gooding, Diana Silvers, Molly Gordon, Eduardo Franco, Nico Hiraga, Victoria Rusega, Austin Crute and Noah Galvin, round out an incredible cast of players.
The music, courtesy of Dan Nakamura, serves as a spirted and rhythmic backdrop to this picture. Jason McCormick’s cinematography was delightful and Jamie Gross’ editing was superbly done. Katie Byron’s production design was eye-popping, Rachel Ferrera’s set decoration was excellent, Erika Toth’s art direction vivid and catching and April Napier’s costume design was very fresh.
I firmly believe that Booksmart should be in the discussion as one of 2019’s best pictures so far! Whether you know what to expect in Booksmart or don’t, either way, you are in for an incredible treat that aims to excel and shatter every standard you can think of and passes with invigorating aplomb!