I have enjoyed watching Jonah Hill in numerous films throughout my life, as his roles got more complex, and his performances got better, it was only a matter of time before he started directing — mid90s is a great start.
Set in a Los Angeles suburb, a 13-year-old called Stevie (portrayed by Sunny Suljic) befriends a group of older skaters to escape his miserable home life. A simple enough premise, but the film covers so many issues including, race, sexuality, drugs, abuse and mental health. There isn’t a massive amount of screen experience amongst the cast, but they work brilliantly together.
First thing’s first, it is not funny, there are some funny moments but for a film listed as a comedy, I didn’t find it particularly funny. Throughout mid90s it felt like I was learning about skating and growing accustomed to the lifestyle in real time with Stevie, as someone that’s never been a skater before this was as new to me as it was to him.
Without spoiling the film, I need to comment on the edit: it feels like it’s trying to add nostalgia to a film a lot of people would already find relatable in some way, so whats the point? It just seems like a gimmick. You’ll see what I mean when you watch it. There were a couple of scenes that I was a bit unsure of, some that just disrupted the rhythm of the film, but nothing that ruined the film altogether.
I kept trying to work something out whilst watching: Are these just kids who loved doing whatever they wanted, without any regard for authority or consequences? Or were they a bit stuck and looking for an easy escape? I think there’s definitely some overlap, but now I’m thinking about it, I’m leaning towards the latter.
This is an excellent film, I saw mixed reviews before watching it, some said it was dull, others said it was a masterpiece — it’s definitely closer to a masterpiece, but it’s not quite there.