Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Art of Getting By Starring Emma Roberts & Freddie Highmore

Last month I wrote about The Art of Getting By coming onto DVD on November 29th! Today I finally watched it and was blown away once again by Freddie.

The 411:

Freddie plays George a senior in high school with a lot on his mind. He is deep, thoughtful and artistic probably something that isn't too far from the real Freddie! Emma is a popular senior who befriends Freddie after he takes the blame for something she does. He is used to being the problem and figured he would take the fall instead of her.

Some of the reviews talk about how "scattered", "mopey" "dreadful" or "self centered" this movie is, but I will tell you none of that!

Freddie and Emma are wonderful actors who took a dreary, slow, somber script about coming of age as teens about to embark on a new path in life and gave it life!

Freddie Highmore who we have all come to love in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Arthur and the Invisibles, August Rush, Finding Neverland is right up there with Dakota Fanning as far as acting chops. I cannot wait to see how far he does. He has grown into a tall child (5'10) and has border Zac Efron looks.

Emma Roberts is Kristen Stewart without the awkwardness and quiet mannerisms.

Freddie's George is a deep, thoughtful, smart boy who has way too much going on in his artistic head. The weight of his family life and his unsure movement into manhood creates a tornado of emotions that he doesn't have the tools to deal with. The secondary characters, especially in his school Blair Underwood, Alicia Silverstone, Jarloth Conroy are wonderful. My favorite moments of the movie were with his teachers and principles.

I was sobbing in his last scene with Jarloth Conroy!

Freddie is AMAZING so forget about all the other reviews and see this for what it is...a stepping stone of an amazing actor moving from children's movies into adult movies.

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