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MOVIE: Eighth Grade movie scores top marks

Wednesday, 24th April, 2019 7:00pm
MOVIE: Eighth Grade movie scores  top marks
MOVIE: Eighth Grade movie scores  top marks

WE’VE been waiting for two months to tell you about this film.

Imagine winning the lottery and not being able to tell your partner or closest friend. Imagine getting the job of your dreams and not being able to share the news with anyone. That’s sort of how we’ve felt for the last eight weeks.

'Eighth Grade' the movie has been around for even longer than that. The Bo Burnham directed piece was released back in July of last year in the US, and so was eligible for Oscar nominations last time around.

Had the academy not been preoccupied with handing out awards on the basis of political correctness and the fear of offending particular groups, 'Eighth Grade' would have been nominated for the top prize. We would go further and argue that it should have won. By now you’ve no doubt guessed that we liked it a lot, but we should probably also tell you what it’s about.

The story is a simple one and centres around 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as she makes her way through the complexities of teenage life and the last week of middle school.

Kaya herself is full of complexities too, she’s quiet, but fiercely brave, desperate to fit in but keenly aware that she must above all be true to who she is.

The film offers a cutting commentary on the perils of social media and gives us a glimpse of what it must be like to be a struggling young teen today. Fisher delivers an incredibly honest and subtle yet accomplished performance in the lead role, while former youtuber and comedian Burnham wows with his first offering as writer/director.

Last year the movie walked away with the best first time director award from the Directors' Guild, and the best script prize from the Writers' Guild, the only film to win at both ceremonies.

We’re calling it the best movie of 2018 in the US, and the best film so far this year to reach these shores, and award it a review score of 5 flawless stars.

Paul O'Rourke

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