Edge Of Seventeen (2016/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)
B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: C Film: B
Edge of Seventeen (2016) is a fun coming of age comedy/drama
about a teen (Hailee Steinfeld, who made her acting debut in the Coen
Brothers' True Grit remake a few years ago) struggling with
finding her place amongst her peers while maintaining her sanity and
struggling with the loss of her Father. Full of great performances
by Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson,
and Katie Stuart, the film is in many ways a modern day John Hughes
film and will appeal not only to teens but adults as well.
Nadine (Steinfeld) loses her father to a heart attack, she meets a
new friend in Krista (Richardson) and the two become inseparable. As
the girls get older, Krista starts to develop a crush on Krista's
seemingly perfect older Brother (Jenner) and when they become a
'thing', Nadine feels as if she has lost her best friend. Bonding
with one of her teachers (Harrelson) who consults her on her
struggling teen life and battling her now single mother (Sedgwick),
Nadine finds out that growing up isn't easy and that some of her
peers aren't as they seem.
highlight of the film is without a doubt the onscreen chemistry
between Harrelson and Steinfeld, which is evident in the scenes where
they are one on one with each other in the classroom. The character
of Nadine herself is pretty realistic and believable and gives the
audience a character to both love and love to hate at some points.
Still, there's no doubt that the Oscar nominated young actress Hailee
Steinfeld definitely has a bright future in Hollywood, as long as she
stays on the path that she is on now as she has been nominated for a
Golden Globe and other awards for this performance.
Edge of Seventeen is presented on Blu-ray disc in 1080p high
definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 7.1 lossless track that packs a nice even presentation
of the film on disc. The colors are bright and vibrant with clean
cinematography and an interesting score that gives the film a edgy
and stylistic feel. Also included is a DVD copy of the film in
standard definition with a anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio and a
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which is as good as is to be expected
from the format. A digital UV copy is also included.
in all, The Edge of Seventeen is a surprisingly fun film with
equal parts drama and comedy that has a mass audience appeal. It is
relatable to anyone who didn't quite know where to find a place in
high school and features great performances all around, so this one