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Not For Me.
on 21 January 2016
This movie really wasn't for me, and although I can see that Freddie Highmore plays his part very well, I couldn't stomach his character. Let me explain.
Meet George, a kid who can't find the motivation to achieve in life because he has such a pessimistic opinion of life (We're all going to die so what's the point of trying?) that he makes no effort whatsoever with school, his family and doesn't bother making friends. I found this so difficult to watch because actually, George's awareness of his own impending mortality was a great concept which the producers really should have run with - this could have been really interesting and chewy. However, what we actually have is a lazy, whiny kid who talks back to anyone who questions him and is basically a waste of time. Which, sadly, is what this film was.
I do think this movie was cast well, even the supporting cast did a great job with what is inherently a dreadful script. I just wish this movie had challenged some of the deeper issues at hand with mortality but it just doesn't. I barely made it through without muting the TV. One to avoid, unless you like petulant teenagers or you're more patient than me and can read into the hidden metaphors.