Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Education of Charlie Banks: Movie Review


Internalizing thoughts against violence and injustice on a college campus.

"The Education of Charlie Banks" is not as grim as suggested. It primarily takes place at college. A beautiful college with beautiful books and beautiful girls. The darkness is within the inner characteristics of most of the characters. Charlie Banks is expected to fight against injustice but it's much easier to ignore it. 2007

Directed by: Fred Durst

Screenplay by: Peter Elkoff

Starring: Jason Ritter and Jesse Eisenberg

The film tries to take the stand that retaliating against malice or insolence with violence is wrong. I understand what they're saying but they seemed to get confused with which actions should be taken more seriously. What the film does get right is the characters and their internal and mutual contentions.

We are presented to a world of privileged kids, semi-privileged kids and not privileged kids. They all attempt to be friends but there's an awful lot of differences to overcome for that to happen. Throughout the entire time, Charlie experiences paranoia, jealousy and self-assurance, three very conflicting emotions for somebody to be experiencing at once, but they are all clearly portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg. The real star however, is Jason Ritter as the charismatic, but rage-filled and troubled Mick.

"The Education of Charlie Banks" attaches some rather interesting thoughts to a mixture of typical college students. By keeping it real, they didn't know exactly what to do with those thoughts, I also could have used a bit more humour, but I was mostly quite impressed with my time spent with Charlie and those damn rich kids.


Recommended:

Starter for 10 (2006) - Finding one's self in college when surrounded by beautiful girls and knowledge.

The Social Network (2010) - Actual college dynamics with real but despicable characters and stunning thoughtfulness.

Outside Providence (1999) - Run-ins with the law and prep school rich kids in a fairly funny romantic comedy.