Meet Charlie, the World Movies critic, and see what he thinks of ‘Electrick Children’

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  • Meet Charlie, the World Movies critic, and see what he thinks of ‘Electrick Children’
  • Sally Luff
  • January 28, 2014

Our films can be a little quirky, a little cheeky, mysterious and frightening – but have you ever wondered what us folk at World Movies HQ really think of the movies we screen?

We’d like to introduce you to Charlie, the World Movies critic. Known for his uncanny ability to shed light on some of the finer aspects of our films, he’s going to be bringing you his personal opinions on some of our upcoming titles, starting with the Australian Premiere of the colourful Electrick Children. Before we get started, we pinned Charlie down to explore his inner movie buff.

Favourite film of all time?
Chunking Express. It’s a 90’s flick by Wong Kar Wai; a love story set in the transient city of Hong Kong. It’s an absolute cultural melting pot of East-meets-West, with a killer soundtrack rocked out by The Cranberries.

What’s your earliest movie memory?
At age 5, I remember being on a family holiday and seeing Jurassic Park in Noosa, it was my first time at the cinema. I so vividly remember jumping out of my seat in fright when the Velociraptor attacks the girl in the air duct – it still makes me jump today!

What’s your favourite film soundtrack?
The Lion King, hands down. I am constantly singing it in the car with my brother!

What’s your favourite movie snack and why?
Hot popcorn with a packet of Maltesers mixed through. They melt a little bit and stick to the popcorn making a delicious sweet and savoury treat.

What’s currently in your DVD player?
Electrick Children, I just did the review for it!

What do you love about World Movies?
For me the beauty of the independent and international films that World Movies is known for is that they so often depict cultures that we may never get to experience in our lives otherwise. I find it so fascinating to immerse myself into people’s intimate life stories from around the world.

Charlie the World Movies critic review: Electrick Children

Think Almost Famous goes Amish. That’s the vibe of Berlin Film Festival’s well-received opening film Electrick Children. Director Rebecca Thomas has created a beautifully shot film which, along with an apt soundtrack from New York label Team Love, keeps the audience locked into the visceral world that has been created.

Rachel (Julia Garner) has quite a lively spark about her – even growing up as a teenage fundamentalist Mormon in Utah. Somehow, Rachel believes she has been knocked-up by a rock and roll cassette tape, claiming Immaculate Conception. To the non-religious fundamentalist, it’s looking likely that this ‚Äòmiracle’ may instead be a result of her poor sex education, and perhaps this wouldn’t be the case if she had gone to public school! Like any pregnant teen, Rachel wants to know the father of her child – and in this case it’s the guitarist from the cassette she believes impregnated her, makes sense – right? So she grabs the keys to the family truck and runs away to the big smoke – Las Vegas – the land of neon lights, where she meets Clyde (Rory Culkin), a misfit runaway himself.

Culkin’s (The Zodiac) performance was over delivered with an edge too much teen-angst, but this is balanced with Garner’s break-out performance of Rachel. Her performance is executed subtly and elegantly with supporting actor Liam Aiken (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events), shining a pleasing and gentle nature on his character Mr. Will, Rachel’s zealot communal sibling.

Like many American Indie flicks, the delight of this film is that it doesn’t underestimate the intelligence of its audience to join the dots. It leaves us with a touch of ambiguity rather than the unwaveringly predictable of many Hollywood blockbusters, yet avoids many of the clichés of American indie film and coming-of-age dramas.

Electrick Children, an odd concept yet intriguingly captivating.

Electrick Children, premieres at 7.55pm this Sunday 3 November as part of WM Indie.

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