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We Are The Best! Blu-ray Review

We Are The Best! Blu-ray

“We Are The Best!” is a charming Swedish film.

Set in Stockholm, 1982, “We Are The Best!” starts off by introducing viewers to the two central characters of the film- Bobo and Klara. The two young rebellious girls (who are best pals) are essentially outsiders at their school as they don’t seem to fit in with the majority of the students. Not only do they love punk music (which is largely perceived as dead at this point in time), but they look different from everyone else as well. One day, the two decide to start their own punk band even though neither of them has any sort of musical skills whatsoever. Needing someone who does, the two recruit a talented Christian guitar player (Hedvig) for the band. From there on out, Bobo and Klara begin to bond with Hedvig and eventually hone their skills enough to learn to play Klara’s one original song. The film also contains a key dramatic subplot involving Klara and Bobo both having feelings for a singer.

Written and directed by acclaimed Swedish director Lukas Moodysson, “We Are The Best!” is a crowd pleasing story about friendship, music, art, identity, and fitting in. Even though the film is largely uneventful, it’s the fly on the wall approach to the story that makes it rewarding. Thanks to Moodysson’s assured direction, “We Are The Best!” has an almost documentary like style that gives it a sense of realism. You feel like you are in Stockholm in 1982.

Of course, the primary reason the movie has become a critical darling is due to the chemistry of the 3 young actresses Mira Grosin (Klara), Liv LeMoyne (Hedvig) and Mira Barkhammar (Bobo). From the first frame to the last, these talented actresses carry the film and, more importantly, make everything feel believable.

Video/Audio:

Presentation; 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? While not the most visually appealing film (there are far too many close-ups here), the hi-def transfer is certainly adequate.

Audio Track: Swedish 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue and music sound sharp on this DTS track.

The only extras included are trailers for various Magnolia titles.

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December 12, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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