I’ve come across of a few movies that are just downright weird. These movies are put into the category of alternative movies. Sometimes you just have to get out of your comfort zone and try something different. I have come across a few gems that not many people have heard of, so I thought I would share.
Little Miss Sunshine is a dramatic comedy that was released in 2006. It’s about a family who travels across the country in order to get the young daughter to a beauty pageant. I think this is a really original story and all the characters are unique in their own way. The actors fit so well into their characters and it was all around a great performance. I loved every bit of this movie. There are several actors that you’ll probably recognize: Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and my favorite actor Steve Carrell.
Submarine is a British movie that has comedy, romance, and drama. It follows 15 year old Tate as he comes of age. It’s about growing up but not wanting to grow up. It’s filled with dry humor and wit. This whole movies essence is quirky and weird. In a good way though, a way that makes it funny and original and makes me love it. It’s a movie for teenagers without being that typical teenage movie. The subject is the typical romance but Tate is no sly hero which makes it a different kind of love story.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story is both a book and movie (yay for book to movie adaptions!). A story that I can relate to because his problems stem from anxiety towards his future. I stress out about basically everything so anyone who stresses will be able to relate to the main character. A teenager named Craig is stressed and anxious about his future and is determined to get into a great High School. When he gets accepted, the pressure becomes unbearable for him and he checks himself into a mental hospital. He is able to face his anxiety among the other very weird patients. The book affected me more than the movie. I just liked the way the story was told better on paper. The actors were great though and I applaud what they did with the characters on screen. Check out the official movie website for information about the cast and crew, videos, photos, and a longer explanation of the story.
Moonrise Kingdom is a Wes Anderson film and another odd movie about two young kids who have fallen in love and run away with each other causing the town to form a search party for them. It’s artistic, humorous, colorful, whimsical, and evokes a feeling of awe and magic. It’s not the typical romance story, but a great romance nevertheless.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I don’t know. I want to go on adventures I think, not get stuck in one place.
Charlie Bartlett is next up. A movie I love because the story is so weird and different. A rich teenager starts school at public school and appoints himself as a therapist for the student body holding sessions and giving drugs out from the bathroom. Sounds weird I know, but I love it. Robert Downey Junior is also an actor in this movie, and he’s pretty amazing. It’s a funny movie with also some serious and emotional moments as well.
And last but not least, The Kings of Summer. Another charming coming of age movie that has adventure, comedy, and drama. I always liked this movie because it reminds me so much of summer. It always makes me miss those carefree summer days. This is a great movie about being a kid. The Kings of Summer is about three teenage boys who decide to live in the woods for the summer, build a house, and survive off of the land and their surroundings. The original reason of why I wanted to watch this movie was because of one of the actors, Moises Arias. He was in Hannah Montana (one of the shows I watched and loved as a little kid) and I kind of just wanted to see what he was up to. I’m glad that I decided to watch this movie because of him because I ended up loving the movie and the character he plays.
I think part of the reason why we hold onto something so tight is because we fear something so great won’t happen twice.