Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Flipped is a Rob Reiner movie and that man knows how to get your tear glands going as in The Bucket List or your romantic buds blooming as in When Harry Met Sally. Something in those movies that he gets right spot-on are things that can't be captured in words. An image here, a moment there and we have a film that you wish doesn't end. Well, add Flipped to your collection of those kind of movies from here on because it is nothing but a sweety sweet flick that can get both your romantic buds blooming and your tear glands going without too much effort. Yes, it is that good.
It stars Calan MacAuliffe and Madeleine Carroll as lead stars in a film that's all about childhood romance. What it capitalizes on is the innocence of it all, those glances and the sweet gestures and most importantly that big childhood crush that makes us do all sorts of things with a passion unparalleled. It has the stereotypes too- the family members that stand by you and the members who scoff at you. And it has this one overarching romanticism about life and nature that perhaps is too idealistic but never too All this at an easy going pace with a screenplay that is as unique as beautiful. Adapted from a book of the same name by Wendelin Van Dranen by Rob Reiner and Andrew Scheinman, it works in between narration of past and depiction actual events as they unfold over the course of a few years in the lives of the protagonists. Add to that a soothing soundtrack by the versatile Marc Shaiman and you have all that it takes to get a super film.
But above all the technical aspects of filmmaking, what Flipped does best is take you back to your childhood at a time when just getting to steal one glance at your crush meant more than getting a 100 out of 100 in the History exam. If I can pay just one compliment for the film it would be that is too good a film for 89 minutes. It should've lasted longer.