The music and cinematography in Youth are the first things you’ll notice. Then comes the the dialogue and highly accomplished acting talent in the shape of Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano.
Youth reminds me of part of the reason why film is such a great love of mine. How through film, all the different forms of artistic expression can come together and be enjoyed, all in one place and in a whole new way.
As I would advise anyone before viewing a movie, watch only when you’re in the right mood for a particular genre of film. I fear that should you not be in the mood for the drama/ non-action/ non-thriller that Youth is, you may judge it unfairly.
Youth is the type of film that will likely leave you with plenty to think about; from what constitutes a good friendship, the cost of becoming one of the best in your field, to the things in life that drive us and the unexpected outcomes of the friendships / relationships in our lives.
There is so much to take in that by the end you’ll get the feeling that another viewing needs to happen soon, if not immediately. Writer / director Paolo Sorrentino’s movie is two hours long. As such, ‘immediately’ is probably not the best way to go.
Youth is wise and smart. It’s funny in parts, though not a comedy. It’s also officially my favourite Michael Caine film.
I really loved this Youth but embarrassingly, I knew very little of the rather accomplished Sorrentino’s work beforehand. I’ve since reviewed his filmography and The Great Beauty (2013) is now on my watch list.
Time for me to think about when best to visit Switzerland, because the visual feast that is Youth definitely has me sold.
Happy Film Loving