#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The novel charts the journey of teenager Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein), who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer, moves to London, and gets a job as music critic in the hope of saving her poverty stricken family in Wolverhampton.
Plot: The journey of Midlands teenager Johanna Morrigan, who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer, moves to London, and gets a job as music critic in the hope of saving her poverty stricken family in Wolverhampton. Based on Caitlin Moran’s bestselling semi-autobiographical novel.
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Caitlin Moran’s novel (who also wrote the screenplay) ‘How To Build a Girl’ tells the story of teenager Johanna Morrigan’s (Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart) journey as she reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde. Yesterday, a teenager in search of her own identity; today, a sex-positive wild child with an infamous look, and trash talking the finest artists of her era for her new job as a critic in London, to help out her financially struggling family in Wolverhampton.
Feldstein plays a somewhat similar, but this time British, character as she did in last year’s Booksmart. A tad bit more insecure, but still driven and charismatic. It does distract a little when she channels Melanie C in ‘Spiceworld’ with her British accent. Not necessarily a bad thing, since this is mostly the case in the first half of the film, before Johanna turns into a completely different version of herself. Heavily influenced by the collection of talking portraits of important historic figures on her bedroom wall, and by connecting with her brother Krissi (Laurie Kynaston – The Trouble With Maggie Cole), she goes on to forming a young woman’s personality who can stand on her own for a big future to come.
The chemistry between the members of the Morrigan-family feels genuine. Especially Paddy Considine (HBO’s ‘The Outsider’) as Johanna’s father and wannabe rock’n’roll-fanatic, has some heartwarming moments with his on screen daughter and is a lot of fun to watch. When it comes to a true scene stealing performance, we have to wait until about halfway into the film, when Johanna gets to interview rocker John Kite. Played by Alfie Allen (HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’), he has one big scene in a hotel room with Feldstein, which isn’t just emotionally raw, but showcases once again how good he is at playing a vulnerable, troubled man.
Coky Giedroyc has directed plenty of episodes for television (most recently ‘Harlots’), but never seems to want to upstage that with something that’s made for the big screen. Everything feels a bit too BBC, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it does limit the wide range of people that could show interest in watching this. Nothing makes ‘How To Build a Girl’ stand out. It feels like it borrows a lot from other coming-of-age films, and while there is a lot of clever stuff to be found, it doesn’t particularly digs itself into your brain to be memorable. The script itself is riddled with clever nods to iconic literary figures (such as Little Women’s Jo March), and you’ll never listen to Annie’s “Tomorrow” the same way ever again.
‘How To Build a Girl’ was made to connect with plenty of teenagers out there, who might be struggling with finding their own identity. As far as originality goes, it doesn’t really discover any new ground, which for a film like this might be enough to entertain those who are looking for just a straightforward charming story.
It seems 1980s and 90s coming-of-age movies are all the rage at the moment, but How To Build A Girl doesn’t really stand out among the crowd. Though an engaging story filled with strong energy, it’s far from the most immersive or nostalgic watch, nor a particularly touching tale of growing up – pushing the limits a little too much at times.
Of course, pushing the limits and trying something different is just what a film like this should do to stand out from the crowd of coming-of-age movies. At times, How To Build A Girl’s almost fable-like rags to riches story is more memorable than purely focusing on the awkward realities of growing up, but at others, it feels a rather superficial patch on an otherwise less-than-powerful story.
The morals here are relatable and well-meaning, albeit fairly simple. It’s about a teenage girl who gets her big break in writing, but is forced to sell out on her true voice to succeed, inevitably leading to controversy and conflict both with others and her own conscience.
That story is nothing new – we’ve seen it in the likes of How To Lose Friends & Alienate People and Fighting With My Family) – but unlike those two films, How To Build A Girl neither has a particularly genuine heart nor a great sense of humour to boost the appeal of its plot.
Normally, a good coming-of-age movie is able to really tug at your heartstrings by telling a relatable and above all honest story about the challenges of growing up. Now, those certainly aren’t the same for everyone, but I think it’s fair to say that this film goes a little overboard with its story, into territory where this genre really isn’t at its best.
Far from the small-scale, genuine drama of the best coming-of-age films, How To Build A Girl sees its main character rocket rapidly through the ranks, only to come crashing down again just as quickly. However, the movie simultaneously tries to get you to sympathise with her as if she is a normal teenage girl, which is really quite difficult to do.
As a result, the film comes off as a rather superficial coming-of-age drama, and one that’s a lot more focused on the rags-to-riches side of its story.
What’s more, How To Build A Girl doesn’t do the best job of recreating the essence of its time period. It’s not an enormously captivating or even convincing picture of Britain in the early ’90s (I must admit I regularly forgot this film wasn’t set in the present day), and pales in comparison to more loving era tributes like Blinded By The Light.
The performances are one of the film’s saving graces, with an energetic and captivating lead turn by Beanie Feldstein, bringing an impressive likeability to a character that could have been so easy to loathe. Many of the supporting turns are good too, albeit none really stand out as immensely hilarious or dramatically gripping.
Overall, How To Build A Girl is a bit of a mixed bag in my book. It’s not a bad film by any means, and its story is well-meaning and engaging at times. But, it’s a poor attempt at telling gripping coming-of-age drama, and it fails to get you on side in its more moralistic moments. The performances are good, but don’t quite do enough to add that extra spark.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min)
Director Coky Giedroyc
Writer Caitlin Moran
Actors Beanie Feldstein, Cleo, Dónal Finn
Country United Kingdom
Awards 2 wins
Production Company Film 4, Monumental Pictures, Lionsgate
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format N/A