I’ll Be Around: Review

I'll Be Around

I’ll Be Around is set against the backdrop of a post punk festival, filled with bands with names like Jentacular, The Motion Pictures and Attempted Choke.

Most of the band members are in their mid-thirties and considering the way their musical careers are going (standing still), other things start weighing heavily on their minds when they’re not screaming down a mike or writing another song. This is the story of those different groups, the fans and the legends that inspire them and how they all fit together.

Co-written and directed by Mike Cuenca, I’ll Be Around takes a lot of influence from other films that have mulled over a certain time in people’s lives while those people are still trying to figure it all out. A lot of Cuenca’s script speaks directly to the kinds of people who like the music, are still thinking over their own lives and even film fans who want to be reminded that films are not all laugh out loud, gross out comedies or action blockbusters.

I’ll Be Around is Scott Pilgrim meets Clerks with a Woody Allen aesthetic for Generation Y. Without speaking about the wider world around us, I’ll Be Around still speaks to its audience, offering up some experiences and feelings which mainly go unspoken and it will make you laugh out loud while doing it.

From crying in a public bathroom about the best years of your life being behind you to nervously babbling at someone you’re attracted to that you meet in a coffee shop; these are the kinds of things that the film tells its audience that it’s ok to have done. Because we’ve all been there – haven’t we?

Starting off slowly, I’ll Be Around intentionally introduces the audience to its vast cast of characters and before you know it you’ll realise you either relate closely to a few of them or at least know one for real.

The film may overstay its welcome a little as it reaches its final act, but like the characters, life does go on and it shows that it’s ok not to have everything worked out just yet.

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