In 1990s Los Angeles, 13-year-old Stevie escapes his turbulent home life by hanging out with a new group of friends he meets at a local skate shop, plunging him into a world of fun, danger and excitement
The one word I would use to describe Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is “raw.” This movie isn’t trying to be flashy in the slightest but rather trying to provide a grimy look at a not so long ago time period. The script is very minimal as Hill again isn’t trying to do too much. Mid90’s is a very simple movie, but also one that does its characters justice.
Sunny Suljic does a great job portraying Hill’s lead character. He brings a certain curiosity and innocence to the role. The way that he reacts in certain situations is the way that you would expect a kid his age to act. However, for me the real breakout star here is Na-Kel Smith. I felt his performance was on another level in a film that is full of great portrayals.
Overall, Mid90s is a very real feeling film. Shot in 4:3, you can really tell how partial Hill is to this time period. Similar to how Great Gerwig and her passion for the city of Sacramento in Lady Bird last year, you can really see Hill’s love for the 90s and his passion shows quite frequently throughout his debut.