The King of Staten Island Movie Review
Grief is a difficult thing to overcome. In fact, I'm not sure we ever really stop grieving but rather learn to live with our losses. This is a subject that Judd Apatow explores in his newest film The King of Staten Island. Even though it's a comedy, the film touches on some serious subjects and relates to its audience in many ways, especially people who feel lost after losing a loved one.
The film follows Scott, a 24-year-old who is reeling after his firefighter dad died on a call. Even though it's been 17 months, Scott can't seem to find any self-esteem and move forward with his life. He spends his days smoking weed in his mom's basement and dreaming of one day opening a tattoo shop. Pretty soon, however, events unfold in a drastic fashion, forcing Scott to do what he should have done a year ago: find his own way.
Judd Apatow has made some fun movies. This guy is the mind behind The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People. While those are good movies, both humorous and dramatic, The King of Staten Island is the first film Apatow has written and directed that I can say is truly great. This film transcends his other works by miles and shows what a true talent he has for capturing the human condition. Throughout the film, I laughed with Scott, felt bad for him, sympathized with him, and hoped for him. King had some of the best writing and character development that I've seen lately.
Pete Davidson was perfectly cast as Scott. I'm sure others could have played the character, but Pete brought the character to life and breathed believability into him. Bill Burr and Marisa Tomei were also perfect in their roles, rounding out the drama that surrounded Scott.
In conclusion, this is a film that shouldn't be missed. Some people may not like some of the jokes sprinkled throughout the film but, hey, if you're a fan of Apatow it should be expected. The message is beautiful and brilliant and everyone should experience it. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
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