Coming of age never looked so dark
I don’t know if this whole Global pandemic is having some sort of adverse effect on me in terms of how I am feeling towards some movies. It may even be the case that binge watching Dawsons Creek which has just been fully released on Netflix is not really the best idea for my 36 year old teenage angsty mind.
From the title of this flick and after having watched the trailer for “My Summer as a Goth” I went into the flick with some pretty low expectations, but I do remember a little Independent British flick that I saw earlier this year called Soundtrack to Sixteen that stole my heart so I’m open to being proven wrong.
Lets see what My Summer as a Goth has to offer:
MY SUMMER AS A GOTH
Director: Tara Johnson-Medinger Writer: Tara Johnson-Medinger, Brandon Lee Roth
Cast: Natalie Shershow, Jack Levis, Sarah Overman
Joey Javitts (Shershow) still reeling from the sudden death of her father is shipped off to stay with her mad-cap grandparents for the summer while her mum (Overman) is off on a book tour (shoddy timing really). Here Joey meets Victor (Levis) a self proclaimed Goth and she is instantly taken by his charm and mystique. One or two days and a total makeover later and Joey has fallen hard for Victor in what becomes a coming of age story of self realisation, heart break, super relatable teen drama and a whole bunch of black make-up. Oh and only one Marilyn Manson reference which isn’t that surprising considering it’s supposed to be present day (I think) and who the hell cares about Manson now.
You know what? I will hold my hands up and say I was wrong about this flick! It was a very well written moment in time that I think anyone can relate to, we have all been there for that first heart break, over someone you completely changed up the way you look, act and dress for. The Goth theme while interesting is pretty irrelevant but its a fresh switch from the Punk angle seen in movies like Some Kind of Wonderful or Valley Girl which are clear inspirations here.
Shershow is doing the bulk if not all of the heavy lifting which to be fair is ideal because she is streets ahead of her co-stars in terms of ability and brings a crazy relatable nature to the portrayal. Levis as lead Goth Victor actually kind of grated on me a little however this isn’t a criticism in as much as a pat on the back for a job well done, I don’t think you are ever supposed to like him. The rest of the young stars round out our makeup clad misfits pretty well and I had no complaints. I really enjoyed the relationships of the older cast members and they provide some real moments of genuine belly laughs.
Allow me to be a tiny bit negative for a moment. I liked this story and the way it was told but I feel like movies like this, especially your more independents have a little more space to delve a bit deeper or darker if you like. Every now and then this flick seemed like it wanted to do that but when it came to pulling the trigger they backed off. Leaving me with a feeling of what the movie wanted to be as opposed to what it is. It’s only a small gripe but personally if your going to tease things, you need to execute them.
Speaking of Execution Sarah Overman when she hits the Goth kid with that sick burn is sensational.
Would I recommend My Summer as a Goth??? Yeah I think I would as it goes, it’s a really well made flick with plenty of “oh crap I had that happen to me” moments, it doesn’t outstay it’s welcome and has a really nice message to it that I think my own daughter would like. However it’s not flawless and due to me believing this flick wanted to be something a little more, it falls just over the line with a respectable 3 out of 5.
Out now on Digital and VOD