The Edge Of Seventeen Blu-ray Review
The cast carries “The Edge Of Seventeen.”
The Plot: Nadine is a socially awkward, depressed, and troubled high school student who is struggling to move on after witnessing the death of her father. It is also putting a strain on her family dynamic with her brother and mother. The only people there for her in her time of need is her best friend Krista and, strangely, her teacher Mr. Bruner. Alas, things devolve into chaos for Nadine when Krista falls for her brother Darian. As if she didn’t have enough to deal with, things become even more complicated for Nadine in terms of her love life as she has eyes for a strange student (Nick) while a kind hearted awkward student (Erwin) has eyes for her. Can Nadine piece her life together, fix her family problems, mend her wounds, and figure out what she wants?
Writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig’s “The Edge Of Seventeen” is overly ambitious in what it wants to be. It’s part coming-of-age drama, part family drama, part comedy about friendship, part romcom, and part coming-of-age comedy. Suffice to say, it doesn’t quite all blend together. Tonally, the movie is kind of all over the place as it deals with heavy drama about loss, change, and family all while lighthearted moments are sprinkled in between Nadine and Mr. Bruner and the budding relationship of Nadine and Erwin. From a story perspective, the plot is also uneven. Not only does the story flounder a bit as subplots virtually vanish (namely the friendship storyline between Nadine and Krista), but the movie also disappointingly comes to a predictable climax. It’s a shame because it felt like Kelly Fremom Craig was setting out to tell something more original.
Whatever shortcomings the script may have, the performances are undoubtedly fantastic across the board. The ensemble cast elevates the material tenfold. Ever since her incredible debut in “True Grit,” I’ve been eager to see what Hailee Steinfeld can bring to the table. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been given many roles to showcase her talent until now. Steinfeld has a lot to chew on with this role and she takes full advantage of it. Blake Jenner (who plays Nadine’s brother) had himself quite a 2016 between this and “Everybody Wants Some!!” I have a feeling we will be seeing more of him in the near future. Kyra Sedgwick has been relative quiet since her hit show “The Closer,” but she makes her presence known here as Nadine’s mother Mona. Woody Harrelson once again knocks it out of the park as the snarky teacher Mr. Bruner with a surprising soft side. I almost wish the film was just about him and Nadine. The real surprise here is Hayden Szeto as Erwin. He steals every scene he is in. Honestly, I wish he had more screentime.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? A crisp and colorful transfer.
Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A lively 7.1 track that juggles the music, dialogue, and sound f/x well.
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* Universal trailers.
* 3 deleted scenes.
* A charming 5 minute gag reel.
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