The Kings of Summer: Where the Wild Teens Are

by Ethan Alter May 31, 2013 6:00 am
<i>The Kings of Summer</i>: Where the Wild Teens Are

Fairly or not, the Boys' Life-ready coming-of-age story The Kings of Summer will likely be measured alongside Wes Anderson's rapturously received Moonrise Kingdom, which opened around the same time last year. After all, both movies are warm-weather tales of young love and growing up set against the backdrop of a wilderness adventure. But where Moonrise is as impeccably crafted as only a Wes Anderson joint can be, Kings lacks that high-sheen polish. That's not necessarily a bad thing because -- as all of us on the north side of 20 can attest -- adolescence is a messy time and, in its best moments, Kings's rough-edged style beautifully captures that turbulence. At the same time, though, there are a number of moments that are just plain turbulent, which speaks to the disparity in skill sets between a master craftsman like Anderson and a young apprentice like first-time feature filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts.



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