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"Just the age when nothing fits..."
on 10 December 2017
A pretty decent blu ray transfer, the film does look like one made in the 1950s but an impressive one never the less. Quite a lot of it's key sequences take place at night or in darkness, the daytime scenes are better lit and offer greater clarity and detail. No issues either with the sound, dialogue is clear and distinct. The colour palette reflecting is quite bold, lots of primary yellows, reds, greens blacks and whites. The performance of James Dean is something to watch if you love acting. There's a rawness to it which really holds your attention. The film is certainly a milestone too in the beginning of youth culture, films aimed at an audience who are neither child nor yet adult. I liked the supporting cast too and their characters are all quite well fleshed out for the length of time they get on screen. The family dynamic is pretty interesting and the themes of boredom, frustration, alienation and friendship.
The plot is thin yes, pacing is slow but I still found time flew by watching this and the climax is worth waiting for.