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The Worst Person in the World; For the first time in over 2 years… We Got our Masterpiece. Grade: A

The Worst Person in the World tells a story about a woman named Julie (Renate Reinsve) who has been indecisive on what she wants to do with her life. First it was pursuing a career in the medical field, then it was going forward with psychology, as now she wants to partake in photography… For now she’s working at a bookstore. Julie however has been acquainted with a romantic companion Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie) whom has developed a successful graphic novel series. Though Julie and Aksel share a grand relationship: Julie however is also indecisive with that area as well, whether it be falling for someone else or in terms of the future of the relationship within itself more towards having children. Sit, Relax, and enjoy Julie going through the aching pains of a simple life.

I’ve heard a lot of hype and praise surrounding this film dating back to last year or at this years Sundance film festival, so I was looking forward to see if it lived up to the hype. Oh boy… I was honestly surprised in what I received from this film, as it literally floored me.

The Worst Person in the World to me is honestly a perfect portrayal of what it’s like to be one in their mid twenties in today’s society. Like Julie: I feel with regards to the advancement of technology and what is the norm of today’s society, for many individuals it feels like an immense struggle to feel full satisfaction with your life, without feeling some kind of guilt or feeling like a failure. You look at a character like Julie, whom has pursue in many fields however doesn’t follow through with one as she’s going onto the next thing, however she ends up consuming most of her time working at retail. I feel as young individuals were often pressured to go to school early on, however we don’t necessarily aren’t 110% sure what we want to be pursuing in that field for the rest of our life, so we continue to go around in circles which where we not only end up in a great amount of debt, but also stuck at a dead end job as well. That’s why Julie feels a great amount of guilt within her own life, as she looks at everyone else including her partner and realizes they’re actually somebody where she’s not much of anything it seems like, which would make someone feel terrible.

Regarding the technology aspect as mentioned within the first minutes of the film: I feel the reason being so many individuals are often behind on being in a higher place in life, is because there are so many distractions like a smart phone in which holds them back while also considering what is acceptable in today’s society. It’s not like in the older days where it can be a much easier pathway to focus on what is important, now a days we’re so entitled to our addiction to our phone that most often we don’t accomplished as much as we should as we’re tied down by technology which has increasingly become worse. You can also say today’s climate holds back a lot individuals from taking risks as their often concern with feeling guilty. The more you restrict one to let alone breathe, the less likely you’ll achieve many successful beings as I felt the way the film translates that message more so one of the final chapters of this story was done very well indeed.

The Worst Person in the World is honestly one of the best romantic stories I’ve seen in a long time, as it felt like a true raw portrayal of modern day romance. Watching Julie and Aksel’s relationship unfold t’was organic as it felt like a real relationship. I felt regarding Julie to feel a sense of detachment from the relationship, was more due to the fact it was the one thing in her life that actually worked while everything else in her life wasn’t going as planned. Plus I feel people around Julie’s age doesn’t realize the true value of their relationship, till it’s actually gone as one like Julie realizes like she can never find someone whom can have real conversations with and such.

Visually stunning film, followed by a killer composed score as the music was extremely enjoyable, the cast all in all was great as a whole. Well written characters, I felt there wasn’t a single dull or unlikable character as everyone blended in nicely in this film. I loved all 12 chapters of the film, some were emotionally riveting, some were hysterical, a couple were simply sweet and clever. The comedy material t’was very good, had myself laughing multiple times while watching this film.

Hard to pin point what flaws I have with this film, I feel it has slipped my mind since watching this film a few days ago.

Overall, The Worst Person in the World is a fantastic film, my first graded A film since 1917… It’s been awhile. I highly recommend checking this one out, it’s definitely worth price of admission. We really let Don’t Look Up be nominated Best Picture over this masterpiece?! Looks like I’m boycotting The Oscars for a second year in a row. -Mitch Smietana

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