We Are the Best

I don’t see enough current movies to make reviews a regular thing, but last week we watched a movie that’s pretty recent and exceptionally good. Going in I knew nothing about “We Are the Best!” and we spent the first few minutes puzzling over the language (Swedish). “We Are the Best!” is a great, sweet movie about young girls finding their identity through music. I can’t remember the last movie I saw that told that kind of story this well and this organically, and the lead performances are excellent.

The movie is set in 1982, when punk is a force in pop culture but it’s a little out of fashion. 13-year-old punk fans Bobo, painfully shy, and Klara, a natural frontwoman if ever there was one, start a band at their local rec center to spite the resident hair metal dudes. They’ve never played before and from the first moment their joy in making a godawful racket is a ton of fun to watch. If you were in a band around that age, I think you’ll know exactly how they feel.

The girls are confident their music is amazing from the start, but they  draft talented 16-year-old classical guitarist Hedvig into the band because they are desperate for lessons. They gradually become friends and learn a little from each other without getting sappy. They only have one song – inspired by their gym teacher, it’s about how much they hate sports – but it’s catchy. After a low-key but somewhat predictable fight over a boy, the movie climaxes with a battle of the bands that turns into a fantastic punk moment. It’s a terrific little movie that feels honest and lived-in, and I can’t recommend it more highly for music lovers – especially those of us who felt like outsiders until we heard music that spoke to us, and for us.

This entry was posted in Blog, Movies, Music. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>