Sex Education (2019-)

This British comedy has all the ingredients to educate and enlighten. Following the lives of teenagers who are discovering themselves during puberty and high school shenanigans, they stumble upon an unlikely source of therapy.

They all need it, because they are stumbling through an unknown world of sexuality, pleasure, being coy or a virgin. Adult lives and relationship woes provide entertaining and insightful sub plots while giving you an education which you may not have had in school!

Well written and brilliantly acted by the ensemble cast! Great watch!

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The space between us (2017)

What could have been an engaging film remained an interesting concept which was developed very poorly. Lead actors Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson have a naive chemistry which takes them on unrealistic adventures with no obstacles. Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino chase them into a climax that was as clear as day from the first frame. The result? Some scenic moments with an underage romance. A sad waste of talent with a lacklustre story.

1.5/5

Ender’s Game (2013)

It took some convincing to watch this film, which appeared another ‘save the world’ genre, using the talents of young children’s gaming skills no less! Keeping the alien threat aside, this film used combat strategy and teenage psychology to come up with the most effective battle plan to save Earth.

The pressure the kids are put under seems downright unethical, because they are strategically being used for their ‘fearless, risk taking, abandoning feasibility’ type qualities. The training they go through, and how Ender is identified and rises up the ranks, balances the action/special effects quotient with decent drama.

We have stalwarts like Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley supported by the talented Viola Davis, but the film belongs to the ensemble of young adults in it. Asa Butterfield as Ender, Hailee Steinfeld as Petra and Abigail Breslin as Valentine are memorable, whilst their peers that surround them are sincere to their roles.

An engaging watch.

3.5/5