Monday, July 20, 2009

The Education of Charlie Banks Movie Review

The Education of Charlie Banks (2007) is a beautifully written, directed, and acted independent film about life, college, friendship, growing up, discovery, and the decisions we make. The cinematography and music make the movie flow wonderfully in this low key story.

The plot revolves around two best friends; Charlie Banks (
Jesse Eisenberg) and Danny (Chris Marquette). As the film starts out we see them both young, looking out the window of the school bus mesmerized by the neighborhood tough guy, Mick (Jason Ritter). Fast forward years later and Danny and Mick have come to hang out together on the streets of NY. Charlie is first introduced to Mick at a house party where a fight breaks out and we see how Mick has grown up. Culminating in a scene I will not soon forget. As the cops begin to ask questions Charlie must make a difficult decision.

Through college Charlie and Danny are roommates enjoying their greater freedom. Girls, drinking, and some moments of studying all become part of what is to be a great memory. Charlie hits it off with a great girl named Mary (Eva Amurri). Then one day Mick shows up putting Charlie into turmoil as he seems to mirror his every move. Why is he there and do the actions of the past still linger?

I really enjoyed this movie. It is a memorable simple film (in a very good way) with many moments of enlightenment and regret. This is perfect to watch after work or on a rainy summer day. All in all; just a great watch!

7 out of 10 - Rated R - Reserve it at Netflix or put it on your wish list at Amazon.

(Interesting Fact: It was directed by Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst.)