Friday, December 12, 2014
Film Review: Ask Me Anything
Ask Me Anything
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Film review by Lauren
Official Synopsis: Beautiful, wild, funny, and lost, Katie Kampenfelt takes a year off before college to find herself, all the while chronicling her adventures in an anonymous blog into which she pours her innermost secrets. Eventually, Katie's fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge.
Review: Author Allison Burnett's novel, Undiscovered Gyrl, is hitting the big screen as Ask Me Anything, starring Britt Robertson, Justin Long, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, and more. What's even more exciting about this is that Burnett wrote the screenplay and directed the movie based on his own novel.
I read and really enjoyed Undiscovered Gyrl, so I was excited to get the chance to view Ask Me Anything before it's December 19 release date (select theaters and many digital platforms). Katie is taking a year off between high school and college but she doesn't really know what she wants to do. She finds a brief job at a bookstore, and then ends up being a nanny for a little boy. At the same time, she is really coming into her sexuality. At the start of the film, she is having a sexual relationship with a film professor, even they both are in a relationship. She's wandering, a bit lost, and she catalogs this year in a blog.
It's easy to look at Katie's actions and condemn them, but the story is more than that. Katie is obviously searching for herself, and at the same time, she surrounds herself with an interesting cast of characters. These people make up a large part of the story, though it's all through Katie's point of view. Ask Me Anything is one of those movies where the less you say, the better. The book was the same way. There are moments throughout that you don't want anyone to spoil for you, so I'm trying not to say too much.
I did like the idea of Katie keeping a blog though, as I'm a blogger too. I don't write about my personal life all the time and I definitely don't go into the details that Katie does, but it makes you wonder about people that do. The blogging aspect is something that you just have to see the movie to really understand, but it's essential to the film.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable film. The acting was well done, and with so many well-known names, nobody overshadowed anybody else. Britt Robertson was exceptional as Katie; she really breathed life into the character and reminded me of Evan Rachel Wood in the film Thirteen. If you enjoyed that movie, I think you would like Ask Me Anything as well. Both deal with realistic, sometimes tough issues, but the characterization and acting really make it worth watching.
Burnett did a great job, and I commend him for making his wonderful novel into an equally fantastic film. I hope you will check it out next Friday!