Movie: We Are the Best
My Rating: 4 stars
What an adorable film! Since I had a few more of these sweet, punk photos to share with you guys, I thought I’d go ahead and watch another movie about punk music. But, this one is very different from the documentary I watched earlier in the week. While The Other F Word was more of a retrospective on the genre, this movie tells a story about a couple of young kids just discovering the music for the first time. Bobo and Klara are a pair of thirteen-year-old, Swedish girls, and they thoroughly reject the spandexed-up, crimped-hair, glossed-lip aesthetic and disco music of their classmates. (I guess the movie is set in the 80s, although it’s never explicitly stated).
These girls prefer the extreme haircuts and antiauthoritarian ethos of the punk scene. They turn up their noses at all the things those sheep-girls like: hairbrushes, PE class, dancing in the talent show—all the big issues. And, since they’re punk rockers now, Bobo and Klara decide that they definitely need to start a band. But, first they need to learn how to play instruments. It’s so cute. This is totally the kind of logic that kids in 7th grade use. And, the girls really are adorable with their childish ideas and semi-competent execution. But, they aren’t just silly, little pretenders. These girls definitely have some real fire in their bellies. They really want to accomplish this, so the enlist the help of a few older kids who actually know what they’re doing.
Another thing that amused me to no end is just how small Sweden is (or was in the 80s)—not geographically, but socially. The little girls see some cool, punk boys in a music magazine, and decide that they need to get to know them. So, what do they do? They just go right to the phone book, look up their names, and give them a ring. It’s as easy as that. It’s so quaint. And, then their band is practicing for a “big” Christmas gig. It turns out to be a little stage set up on a community center basketball court in some podunk town. But, they’re still very excited and nervous for the performance. I guess that’s where all Junior High bands get their start, but it’s still very charming.
This is a very cute, little movie, and you should probably rent it. It does drag on a bit toward the middle. It runs about an hour and forty-five minutes, and that did feel a little too long. But the story and actors are sweet enough to make up for it. Just don’t watch this one if you’re in an impatient mood and you should be fine.