Friday, August 14, 2015

The Diary of a Teenage Girl Movie Review

Bel Powley stars in The Diary of a Teenage Girl

History in the Making

IMDb Plot: A teen artist (Bel Powley) living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård.) Directed by Marielle Heller.

"And now... the making of a harlot." Not quite, but The Diary of a Teenage Girl isn't your average coming-of-age story. For starters, it's told from a female's perspective, in a refreshingly bold/direct manner (smash-mouth filmmaking.) It's simultaneously charming, creepy, honest and revolutionary: Quite a combo for a first-time feature director (Heller.) Powley's a joy to watch, and Skarsgård... a less glamorous, but still enthralling version of Eric Northman (minus the fangs.) There's quite a bit of (graphic) sex and drug use (after all, it's set in San Francisco, 1976) but Minnie (Powley) makes it seem oh-so normal. Bravo!