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Criticism of ‘Summer of 84’

Like ‘Stranger Things’, this Canadian film fills us with nostalgia for what it was like to be 15 years old in the 80s.

    Framed without any camouflage in Operation Nostalgia that has taken over the screen (big and small) for almost a decade, this film by the trio of Canadian filmmakers RKSS – who have already shown their hand in recycling memories and emotions in their previous work , the post-apocalyptic and blissfully camp ‘Turbo Kid’ (2017)–, proposes a trip not to the 80s, but to the image, idealized and fully self-conscious, that one has of them. A cocktail of explicit references (to Star Wars, ‘The Goonies’, ‘Count Me In’, ‘Fright Night’…) that pays an obvious tribute, yet another, to Amblin’s eighties narrative universe, but which finds its own way when it moves away from the generational homesickness and turns, from the topics of the teen detective adventure tape, towards an unexpected terrifying climax.

    It is then that the film goes from looking in the mirror of Steven Spielberg to that of Stephen King and brings to light the pain and fear buried in kindergarten: a stage that, with or without monsters or psycho killers in between, we inevitably leave behind and to which we can never return.

    For recidivist visitors of eighties mythology.

    The worst: that the narrative twist does not occur before.


    Address: Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell Distribution: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, Rich Sommer Original title: Summer of 84 Country: Canada ANo: 2018 Release date: 01-02-2019 Gender: Terror Screenplay: Matt Leslie, Stephen J. Smith Duration: 105 minutes
    Synopsis: Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 and free. But when a conspiracy theorist begins to suspect that his police neighbor might be the serial killer making the news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that quickly turns dangerous.

    Source: Fotogramas