THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND (2020)




After his dad a firefighter died fighting a hotel fire when he was young, a now 24-year-old Scott spends the bulk of his time smoking weed and dreaming of being a tattoo artist. That is until a series of events causes him to deal with his grief and face reality.

POPCORN-O-METER= 7.7



Two words, great movie. It’s more of a great meaningful story than just a regular comedy, as longtime fan of Judd Apatow I didn’t need any recommendations or prior information before seeing it and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed at all. While his movies are usually nonstop laughter and not much storytelling this one tips the scales in favour of a better storytelling, don’t get me wrong though it has a lot of funny moments.

First thing I want to talk about is out Pete Davidson performed his role excellently well in the movie probably because it was semi-biographical so he was just recalling past moments in his life but while it might’ve been easy to recall it isn’t as easy to act it to the level of imagination. He did though and it was very heartfelt, I have always been a fan of Pete on SNL but it was hard to believe that pale looking guy pulling off such a performance. Still on the great acting performances Moises Arias, Bill Blur, Steve Buscemi and the ever gracious Marisa Tomei (Spider-Man’s aunt in the current MCU). It was also nice to see Judd Apatow’s daughter Maude who played the sister to Pete Davidsons character did quite well also.

The plot was great it is basically a visual depiction of how people not only face but come to terms with reality, no matter how tough it might be. We see people battle with death, loss, sickness, denial to name a few and while it might seem like you shoulder all the problems in the world you should never forget to feel for others. Also, a little tough love is not the worse route to go.


Finally, I think the underlying message of this movie is “people have their reasons for doing the things they do” and no matter how odd, stupid or harsh it might seem from your point of view they sometimes make sense if you change your perspective. Would’ve liked to go into details and breakdown the meaning of that but I think it would ruin the movie for you if you eventually decide to see it. But one thing I can tell you is you it is a very enjoyable movie.

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