James Cole Clay has been working as a film critic for the better part of a decade covering new releases, blu ray reviews and the occasional drive-in cult classic. His writing is dedicated to discovering social politics through diverse voices, primarily focusing on Women In Film and LGBTQ cinema.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing a Blu-ray combo pack of Judd Apatow’s acclaimed film THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND starring Pete Davidson (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital) on Tuesday, August 25th. (Available on Digital Now) Fresh Fiction has 1 Blu-ray copies to give away. Information on how to get yours is below, along with information on the release
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Here’s an excerpt from James Clay’s review.
When THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND is at the height of its powers, the improv is servicing the characters while searching for higher truth and embracing its own shaggy flaws. This isn’t as much of a dig as it is a compliment for a filmmaker who lets the film’s identity inform his own creative choices. Working alongside cinematographer Robert Elswitt (THERE WILL BE BLOOD) is a huge asset for bringing the audience into Scott’s orbit, giving the story a strong sense of place and color palette that provides a shockingly gorgeous visual aesthetic. For a filmmaker whose films made hundreds of millions of dollars telling the stories of stinky dudes who collect toys, Apatow has stayed within those lines while growing immensely as a five-tool filmmaker.
Davidson is, more or less, playing an exaggerated version of himself stumbling through life, and he approaches the role with a fearlessness that speaks to the masses who suffer from crippling behaviors that occupy their potential in life. The directions Scott’s story takes are filled with little diversions and digressions that are true to life, and where he finds comfort comes in some of the most unexpected locations.
THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND isn’t a vanity project per se. The title is a cheeky nod to a place that lives in the shadow of one of the most celebrated cities on the planet. This big-hearted endeavor is reaching out to connect with folks from different creeds, lifestyles, and belief systems. Davidson should have a sense of pride with this calling card because understanding how to change is something we all need help with during these horrible times.