Directed by Max Joseph, We Are Your Friends (WAYF) is a film someone might watch for one of the following reasons:
1. They’re curious about making it as a DJ in electronic music and welcome the idea of a film that shows what the journey might be like – especially if they come from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’ – in this case… the wrong side of the Hollywood sign
2. They really, REALLY ‘like’ Zac Efron
3. They more than like Emily Ratajkowski
I watched WAYF because firstly, I don’t mind Zac Efron, second, I’ll always kind of like Wes Bentley – thanks to American Beauty (1999) and finally, I haven’t really seem Emily Ratajkowski in much, so I was curious.
After the fact, WAYF is not the absolute worst but it did feel like a certain je ne sais quoi was missing. At no point did I get close to the ‘this is a good movie. Wow!’ feeling. Especially in regards to the story, structure, rhythm etc.
Nonetheless, I did enjoy the theme of chasing your dreams, visualising your future – what you want it to be like and moving in that direction whilst blocking out the doubters.
There’s also a rather good ‘This is exactly my dream and it’s about to happen’ moment in the film. That’s my favourite part because I really felt it, thanks to some film making magic/ music, camerawork, atmosphere, etc.
Happy Film Loving 🙂