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‘ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET’ – Leonard Maltin’s Film Loopy

‘ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET’ – Leonard Maltin’s Film Loopy


As a critic, I hesitate to make use of the phrase “excellent” however it’s the first adjective that involves thoughts as I compose this assessment of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. A number of generations of women will attest to the influence and resonance of Judy Blume’s perennially widespread young-adult novel of the identical title. Relative newcomer Kelly Fremon Craig, with just one function movie underneath her belt (The Fringe of Seventeen), has crafted this adaptation of the ebook with constancy and tender loving care. What’s extra, she has forged it with a eager eye; I daresay there isn’t a false observe in the complete movie.

One other newcomer, Abby Ryder Fortson, performs the heroine, who shares her candid ideas concerning the challenges of oncoming puberty with God—and us within the viewers. By some means, this conceit performs simply and by no means appears pressured or unnatural. Though we spend time along with her classmates and newly-minted associates in addition to her mother and father and grandmother (performed with brio by Kathy Bates), it’s Fortson who shoulders the accountability for sustaining our curiosity and talent to narrate. Rachel McAdams and Benny Safdie are exceptionally likable as Fortson’s upwardly-mobile mother and father, who face challenges of their very own.

However likability in itself will not be the purpose or the achievement right here. It’s the flexibility to make us really feel as if we’re experiencing what our pre-teen heroine goes by at this significant second in her younger life—from being the brand new child on the town to buying her first bra.

Author-director-producer Craig is a protégé of the estimable James L. Brooks, who numbers Wes Anderson and Cameron Crowe amongst his discoveries. He additionally serves as one of many movie’s producers, which can account for such imposing figures as composer Hans Zimmer and costume designer Ann Roth being on board for such a modest endeavor.

Clearly, I’m not on this film’s goal demographic, however having watched and loved it twice within the final week (as soon as in my class, with a younger viewers) I really feel justified in recommending it to anybody who needs to see an entertaining and totally satisfying film.



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