Youth Review: An artistic look on being stuck

At a serene hotel in the swiss alps, people from every walk of life gather in search of clarity for the next chapter.

Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” features Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as former greats whose primes have past. Caine’s Fred Ballinger is a former Conductor, whose most famous piece is one he is reluctant to call his own, and has no wish to return to his conducting days. Keitel’s Mick Boyle is a director who hasn’t had a hit in over a year. Supported by Paul Dano and Rachael Weisz as equally lost residents, the film is an artistic look at people who are lost in the world.

As the film progresses, the characters each get their moment to make their problems known, but it’s through the silence that the true meaning of the film shines through.

The dialogue at times could be trivial and aimless and the plot wasn’t very clear up until the last moments, which lead focus away from the quieter moments that made the film truly magical. While the film didn’t elegantly clear up all the characters struggles, it made the characters shine in the moments when it needed to.

Ultimately, the all-star cast carried the film through the moments when nothing else did and the shots of other peoples stay at the hotel will make for great posts on tumblr.

Cast: A+
Script: B+
Cinematography: A+
Score: A
Overall: A


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