A few words about…™ – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. — in Blu-ray

Are You There God It's Me Margaret review

[SIZE=5][FONT=times new roman]I didn’t grow up with the works of Judy Blume, and none of my friends read them, as they were too old by the time the books arrived.

I did, however, go through the metamorphosis with one of my best friends, who happened to be a girl. We shared everything. So in a way I can relate to the film.

This is a film that I normally might not review, and in this situation put it on screen for two reasons.

1. Awards season, and I watch everything toward the concept of voting, and finding the good stuff.

2.Lionsgate’s Blu-ray is a rara avis. It’s a small story, in a reasonably insular environment – no car chases, no helicopter or jet fly-overs – AND IT’S ENCODED FOR DOLBY ATMOS!

As a huge Atmos fan, I had to hear this.

But here’s the shocker. It’s actually a terrific little film, as directed by Kelly Freeman Craig, and the lead performance by your Abby Ryder Fortson, is a standout.

Shot with a Sony in 6k, and finished in 4k, the down-razzed Blu-ray looks absolutely gorgeous in 2. I can’t imagine what might have been accomplished by bringing this out in 4.

While the market for the film may have been pre-teen and tween girls, the film is actually a pleasure to watch as an adult.

Shot by Tim Ives, with a score by Hans Zimmer.

No grain. Beautiful digital imagery. Great color.

For those with an Atmos setup, an interesting experiment is to sample with only your Atmos speakers, and see how things work. You’ll find that it’s very delicate.

Image – 10

Audio – 10 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Yes

Worth your attention – 7.5

Slipcover rating – 3 (it replicates the paper insert, but it’s glossy, and that scores a point)

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jayembee

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While the market for the film may have been pre-teen and tween girls, the film is actually a pleasure to watch as an adult.

The best children's and young adult books and movies are the ones that adults can appreciate for reasons that may or may not be the same as a kid's. Kevin Sullivan's Canadian TV productions based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, and related books, are splendid. They (both the original books, and the TV series) were made for the children's/young adult market, but I was in my 30s when the shows were done, and I loved them nonetheless. Still do.

I keep meaning to pick up a copy of this Blume adaptation, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
 

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I am not-at-all the target audience for this film, and yet I ended up including it in my top 10 of 2024, ranking it well ahead of some of the year’s buzzier festival titles and awards contenders. Glad it’s getting some recognition and attention here.
 

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That and twenty bucks will get you a burger at McDonald's.
My nearly 90-year-old father still always says "that plus 50¢ will get you a cup of coffee." He hasn't adjusted for inflation in many decades, and at this point, it's pretty clear that he never will!
 
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