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Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. (Blu-ray) review

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. (Blu-ray) review
« on: July 10, 2023, 07:54:04 PM »


Studio: LionsGate
Release Date: July 11, 2023
 Rating: PG-13
 Film:  3.5/5
 
 Plot
 In this long-awaited movie adaption of Judy Blume’s classic, groundbreaking novel, eleven-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school. She relies on her mother, Barbara (Rachel McAdams), who is also struggling to adjust to life outside the big city, and her adoring grandmother, Sylvia (Kathy Bates).
 
My Thoughts
This is not something I would normally request for review, but my wife had read the book years ago and wanted to see it. It was written for the screen and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig and my wife says the adaptation is mostly what she remembers from the book, although many years have passed in between, so she wasn’t 100% sure.
 
Regardless, it’s a decent film, but I wouldn’t call it groundbreaking. It depicts pre-teen angst from the point of view of a 12-year-old girl, so I couldn’t relate to her plight in the slightest. Even my wife thought some of the hijinks were a bit over the top, but I have to admit that it did make me laugh quite a bit. Then again, when you hear pre-teen girls obsess about getting their first period, I’m not sure what other reaction would be appropriate.
 
The acting is decent enough from the young cast, but McAdams and Bates really bring a lot of energy to their roles and do their usual bang-up job. While the film is mostly light-hearted, it does delve into some serious subjects too regarding religion and acceptance, which wasn’t something I was expecting and it ended up being a pleasant surprise.
 
Overall, the presentation is excellent. The video quality is visually perfect and I have zero complaints. The image is clean and razor-sharp with bold primaries and plenty of depth. The Atmos audio is surprisingly good at setting the tone of the film with its 70s-based soundtrack and the sound designer does a good job with atmospheric effects giving it a very wide presence in the room.
 
Video 5/5 (AVC)
 Audio 4.5/5 (Dolby Atmos)
 
 Special Features:
  • Finally, That Time: Making Margaret
  • Are you You there Margaret? It’s Me, Judy
  • The Secret Crew Club; Margaret and Friends
  • Bringing the Period to Life: Designing Margaret
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Roundtable Discussion
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Blu-ray + DVD + Digital

 
 

 Conclusion
 I was definitely not the target audience for this film, but I have to admit that I had a fun time with it. I found the screenplay engaging and the characters mostly genuine and authentic. The presentation is simply fantastic though, which I’m sure the young girls watching the film won’t give two hoots about, but it should make the parents happy if they look for fabulous A/V quality to compliment their entertainment dollar. Recommended.    
 

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Re: Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2023, 01:58:35 PM »
Pretty high scores at RT. You aren't even remotely the target audience. Neither am I. 

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. - Rotten Tomatoes

Just like your wife isn't the target audience for Sisu! ::)
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Re: Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2023, 05:11:15 PM »
Pretty high scores at RT. You aren't even remotely the target audience. Neither am I.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. - Rotten Tomatoes

Just like your wife isn't the target audience for Sisu! ::)
Exactly. In fact, the score I gave was based upon my wife's score, not mine. I would have gone 2.5-3 from a male perspective. 
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Re: Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2023, 07:48:13 PM »
Exactly. In fact, the score I gave was based upon my wife's score, not mine. I would have gone 2.5-3 from a male perspective.
I think that's the wrong way to review movies though. I don't particularly like Spike Lee or his movies, so I would give them all a 0. But it's better that I just don't review them seeing as I don't really want to watch them to begin with. 

Also, I hate salmon, so as a food critic I'd always say " that dish F'n blows compared to the steak ". Wouldn't matter if you flew fish direct on a Lear jet from Copper River and had a 5 star Michelin chef cook it. 

You should have read the book first - ha! ::)
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Re: Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2023, 08:04:16 PM »
I think that's the wrong way to review movies though. I don't particularly like Spike Lee or his movies, so I would give them all a 0. But it's better that I just don't review them seeing as I don't really want to watch them to begin with.

Also, I hate salmon, so as a food critic I'd always say " that dish F'n blows compared to the steak ". Wouldn't matter if you flew fish direct on a Lear jet from Copper River and had a 5 star Michelin chef cook it.

You should have read the book first - ha! ::)
You can't only review movies that you like though. Sometimes you find a gem where you weren't expecting it. This was a film that my wife wanted to watch, so to keep the peace, we watched it :)
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Re: Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2023, 12:06:03 AM »
I read a lot of Judy bloom in elementary school. Looking forward to sharing this w my daughter 
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Re: Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2023, 11:46:04 AM »
I read a lot of Judy bloom in elementary school. Looking forward to sharing this w my daughter
Be prepared for some "uncomfortable" scenes unless you two have a very open relationship ;)
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Re: Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2023, 03:15:38 PM »
Be prepared for some "uncomfortable" scenes unless you two have a very open relationship ;)
We do. But still good to know. Thanks!
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