Sunday, October 19, 2008

Movie Review: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist


Summary: What happens when two witty, wise, but vulnerable teens meet by accident at a chaotic punk rock club? They fall in love, of course. While both are dealing with the fallout of failed relationships and the infinite hurt that accompanies them, they are questioning everything about themselves, their friends, and their future paths. The passion and intelligence of these characters, along with the authors' intimate knowledge of and complete respect for their audience, make this novel unique. Told in alternating chapters over the course of a single night, the narratives create a fully fleshed-out picture of both teens, informed by their love of music, their devotion to their friends, and their clear-eyed view of the world. These kids don't drink or do drugs and it's solely their obsession with music that takes them to these clubs. One of Norah's relatives calls her a potty mouth, and that's no exaggeration. Throughout the book, the expletives fly fast and furious, but they are more about personal expression and in-your-face attitude than about strong emotions. Yet, there is also considerable depth and sensitivity. Norah explains the Jewish concept of tikkun olam the responsibility to heal a fractured world and Nick comes up with an original spin on it. There are many heart-stopping, insightful moments in this supremely satisfying and sexy romance. A first-rate read.

Review: It's a vary rare weekend where I get to see 1 movie let alone 2 and for both of them to be book adapations is probably even more rare. I haven't read Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist but I definitely will after seeing the movie. It was adorable. A wonderful movie about finding your way and falling in love. I adore Michael Cera and really wanted to see the movie because he's in it. Now I did read a couple of reviews on the book a while ago and it peaked my interest. The music is wonderful in the movie and well what can go wrong when there's a Yugo involved. Many young people will have no clue what a Yugo is but us children of the 80's/90's remember them well.

I loved that everything happened in less then 24 hours in the movie, which at that age in your life seemed like a long period of time and was so exciting. Norah's friend Caroline is a hoot as are Nick's friends. Nick is a "straight edge" as is Norah. Needless to say there are a few moments where the story could turn on it's head but you know in the end that Nick and Norah will end up together.

At 35, I'm probably past the age of the target audience for this movie but I still enjoyed it. I think now I want to go and read the book, because I can almost guarantee the book is better.

Final Take: 4/5

1 comments :

tinylittlelibrarian October 20, 2008 at 11:13 PM  

It's definitely one of my fave recent YA novels. I can't wait to see the movie!

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