Hot Summer Nights
Directed by Elijah Bynum
A teen winds up in over his head while dealing drugs with a rebellious partner and chasing the young man's enigmatic sister during the summer of 1991 that he spends in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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★★★½ review by iana on Letterboxd
in a shocking turn of events, this?? isn’t?? that?? bad???
★★★½ review by Josh Lempert on Letterboxd
While this movie isn’t amazing, it doesn’t fall flat. There are certainly promising parts of this movie (like Timothée Chalamet, hereby referred to as “The Boy” a la John Mulaney) that make it well worth the watch. The colors are absolutely beautiful and the feeling of summer is certainly there, ripe with nostalgic vibes.
The soundtrack is honestly the strongest part of this movie.
Between a great performance by The Boy and the overall good feel of this movie, I would say it’s definitely another plus for A24.
On a side note, I will still see any A24 movie with The Boy in it so keep pumping em out. I expect at least 1 a year for the next 40 years.
★★★★ review by ˗ˏˋ Liam ˊˎ˗ on Letterboxd
those summer nights weren't the only things that were hot ,, did y'all HEAR that soundtrack and SEE that cast and WITNESS that cinematography !!!! HOT STUFF !!!!!!!
★★★★ review by bel on Letterboxd
this was lots of fun and also had a decent soundtrack that im going to hop onto spotify right this moment and save. noice one
★★★½ review by I. Simon on Letterboxd
Writer/director Elijah Bynum makes his feature debut with Hot Summer Nights, a coming of age film that works better than it probably should. Narratively, there might be somewhat familiar territory explored, but Bynum’s direction really elevates the material as a whole. The characters are realistic, the narrative is engaging for the most part - even if the third act is a little rough - and the filmmaking is superb. The cinematography and color palette in particular standout.
Coming off of a well deserved Academy Award nomination for his excellent work in Call Me By Your Name, Timothée Chalamet further proves that he has potential for greatness, as he gives a fantastic performance in the leading role. That said, the film also works as well as it does because of a fantastic performance from Maika Monroe, who between her excellent performance in It Follows and her work in this, also has potential for greatness. Alex Roe, Maia Mitchell and, to my surprise, Emory Cohen are also solid in supporting roles.
Overall, Hot Summer Nights makes for a not only a nice surprise, but a good coming of age film, as well as a unique directorial debut. After this, I have to say that I am somewhat interested in seeing what Elijah Bynum does next. Overall, good film and I would recommend it.
7/10 - B
• This has the best use of David Bowie’s Space Oddity since Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
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