...I feel it's necessary to make clear just how monotonous Kids is...
One of the most impressive things about Kids
, for me, is the way it captured the largely monotonous lives of its characters without becoming monotonous itself. faceboy insisted earlier in this thread (twice!) that Kids
is bad filmmaking, but I very much disagree. There are some bad moments (the editing early on between the boys' conversation and the girls' conversation only exacerbates the script's didacticism in that sequence), but for the most part the very subtle direction is really effective at maintaining energy and engagement through these scenes, despite the unpleasantness on display. Also, despite the nature of the characters, I think the film does a really excellent job of capturing the vibrancy of a youthful summer in the city — better than either Raising Victor Vargas
or Chop Shop
, for example.
The use of overlapping dialogue in the interior scenes really helps sustain the energy captured outdoors, too.
Just curious: Even though you wouldn't want to hang out with these particular kids, I imagine, did the film conjure up memories of hanging out with groups of friends or, in a way, make you jealous of the despicable character on screen?