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Considering Love and Other Magic – CIFF 2016

photo_3187-mdConsidering Love and Other Magic

93 minutes

4/5

On Tuesday night, I went to go see the world premiere of Considering Love and Other Magic.

This film is about a seventeen year old girl named Jessie who’s trying to come to terms with the suicide of her younger brother. It’s been very difficult. She has to see a psychologist two times a week, she’s failing almost all of her courses and she thought her shrink’s chair was red, until she told Jessie that it was actually white. When Jessie’s best friend Bridget finds out that Jessie is failing, she signs Jessie up to tutor kids for extra credit. The first boy Jessie has to tutor thinks he’s a work of fiction. With the help of Bridget, this new mysterious boy and a potential crush, Jessie will try to overcome her brother’s death.

Typically in a young adult film about real life, only one character has a compelling story arc and learns to grow as a character. In Considering Love and Other Magic, almost everyone learns something by the end. For example; Jessie learns to ask for help from others, Steven learns it’s okay to tell people your problems, Uncle Jasper learns that honesty is the best policy, Jessie’s mom learns its ok to let go,   etc…throughout the film it seemed like maturity was contagious.

Jessie had some great inner monologues throughout the film. I like the way she talks to the audience. The use of the monologues allows us to tell exactly what Jessie was thinking or feeling, you didn’t have to rely on what she actually says and does during a scene.

consideringlove-photo2This film is one of the first movies I’ve seen so far at the Calgary International Film Festival in 2016 that I think is truly directed to my age group. This film wasn’t just another teen movie about how hard the life of a teenager is, but it does talk about some of the struggles. It also doesn’t seem like the actors are trying too hard to be “your average teenager”, they just tried to be their characters, flaws and all. 

I also really enjoyed Maddie Phillips performance as Jessie. She brought Jessie to life as a three-dimensional character. Plus, she took teenage angst to the next level.

I took my friend Reatha to this movie because she’s around the same age as me and I thought she’d like this take at an abnormal teenage life. She also really liked it!

In conclusion, this film was great. It wasn’t trying to be a teen movie, it was trying to be a movie about teens, and I felt that was the secret to its success. It was entertaining; it had some light hearted parts like when Tommy is recreating a landing from space to earth,and some sad parts too like when they’re showing Jessie’s brother’s suicide. The entire audience was engaged and paid attention throughout. I really recommend this film for anyone of the over age of 12 (there´s some swearing.) 

It’s playing again at CIFF  Sunday, October 2nd at 11:45 am! Get your friends and go see it!