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Struck by Lightning Review

January 23, 2013

Struck-by-Lightning-Poster An average high school boy who has had the ups and downs of most teenagers lives; the death of relatives, his parents divorce and a lonely, depressed mother consumed by alcohol. Carson Philips, played by Chris Colfer (Glee), is chasing the classic American dream to become a Journalist. In his pursue to be accepted by North Western University he has to produce something more than just a school newspaper. He is advised to produce a school literary magazine that would be filled with the imaginations and minds of his high school peers.

In order to produce a well-rounded compilation of articles for the literary magazine, Carson decides the only way is to blackmail members of the student council and other highly characterized students. The darkness of his approach to journalism mirrors the real world of journalism in a funny and enlightening way.

The film presents a plot that creates a full circle, starting with Carson’s ironic death and then following the actions of his senior year back to the point of his death. So what makes this cliché plot and structure different from any other film?

Joining Glee’s Chris Colfer is an array of American sitcom actors such as Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and Allie Grant (Suburgatory) but also some brilliant film actors such as Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect) and Allison Janney (Juno), the cast makes for a beautifully blunt and ‘sitcomesque’ humour that gives an element of casualness to the film.

Although this film isn’t just a collection of Carson’s strong opinions and his determination to become the person his has always dreamed of being but it is a conclusion of how little even the most motivated man can achieve and how others who just walk through life still manage to succeed with ease.

It doesn’t seem as though Struck by Lightning will be released in UK cinemas, but if you get the chance to see it, don’t hesitate. A naturally constructed cast combined with honesty to how the real world turns, this film might just get you thinking.

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