Last night I was able to get into an advanced screening of, The Art of Getting By and today I’m here to let you know what I thought of it. Before I start though I want to thank Janet Wainwright PR for not only inviting us but for letting us do a giveaway for 150 passes of the screening.
The Art of Getting By opens up today on a limited release across the US. It stars Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano and you will also see Blair Underwood (a fellow Pacific Northwest native), Alicia Silverstone and Rita Wilson but there is no question that Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts are the main people in the movie. The Art of Getting By is about a young boy named George (Freddie Highmore) who’s pretty much a loner in school, he just doesn’t care about anything as he is doesn’t feel anything is really important. That is until he meets Sally (Emma Roberts) and then for the first time, he actually seems to start enjoying his life for the first time. Of course that is until everything falls apart for him and then he must figure out what he wants to do with his life. It’s kind of like a coming of age movie for the main character, George Zinavoy.
I thought the movie was actually pretty good. I thought Freddie Highmore did a great job in his role playing George and I was able to really connect with him. I felt the pain he was going through and how at several points of the movie, he just felt lost. I really wanted him to succeed in life because at first he just seemed so disconnected from everything. Emma Roberts on the other hand, I don’t know, I just didn’t feel the same way. At times I thought her character was ok and at other times I really just hated her. And as for her acting, to me at least, she wasn’t giving a great performance. There was just little, subtle things that withdrew me when she was on screen.
Steve’s Recommended Viewing:
Opening Weekend – At The Theater – Rent It – Watch It On Cable – Stay Away! – 3/5
The Art of Getting By was ok. By no means was it a great movie, but at the same time, I did really enjoy it at times. My biggest problem with it was it just started and continued so slow without really anything going on until the end of the movie was coming, that’s when things really started happening and then it just ended. The pacing was just off and there were several scenes that I felt that didn’t need to happen while other times I would have been happy to see more story or more back story to really get into why things were they way they were. I recommend watching The Art of Getting By, but you don’t really have any reason to rush yourself, there are better things out there in the movie theater right now. I do however recommending checking out the soundtrack as soon as you can though, it has a great indie mix throughout the movie that really helped out the movie out during it’s several down moments.
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