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“ The characters are a beautiful combination of innocence, vulnerability, and hilarity which, in my opinion, is the perfect recipe for a great story.”
A King, Indeed
I, like most people, love a good underdog story which came into play not only during this film, but while learning about Pete Davidson, the SNL star turned writer lead actor. I became aware of Davidson on his first appearance on SNL and thought, "I just witnessed a star being born". He was incredibly funny, beyond charming, and appeared to be an underdog on all accounts. His involvement in the media in the past few years have truly done a disservice to his talent and I was worried it might get the best of him. But, luckily, I had nothing to worry about. A star can't help but shine, even in the darkness.
Pete is a revelation and has arrived as his biggest and brightest self. This movie not only showcases his talent as a dramatic actor but, really gives him the space to be hilarious and honest. After watching 'The King of Staten Island', you'll understand this young man as person and as a budding movie star.
The casting across the board was impeccable and of course the directing was second to none. Judd Apatow has a passion for human beings and for the craft of filmmaking which is apparent from the first scene. The characters are a beautiful combination of innocence, vulnerability, and hilarity which, in my opinion, is the perfect recipe for a great story. I found it very compelling how gracefully the message of loss and trauma was handled. Mental health was discussed but, it was never portrayed in a 'drop the mic' moment. It was handled with care and understanding, as it should be. I also thought the long-term effects of 9/11 were conveyed well and made me very aware that the devastation of that day is going to affect generations to come. The real trauma of the terror attacks resides within the families that will always carry the pain of loss which they will inadvertently pass on to their descendants.
Although the movie deals with some heavy topics, you will laugh the entire way through. I left it feeling a little hopeful in knowing that even the most bruised and battered souls among us can and do make it out alive. Which means we can all learn to cheer for the underdog, even if that underdog is us.
I highly recommend you spend the few bucks and rent this movie!