The King of Staten Island

The King of Staten Island ★★★★

Really enjoyed this, Apatow killing it yet again. It's impressive to tell a story about a guy who is essentially a nobody, a jobless stoner kid from Staten Island who lives with his mother, and turn it into a film that's seriously engaging and entertaining. There's heaps of dark and dry humor, but it's not an all-out comedy, which I quite liked. It's kind of a coming-of-age story but with funky Pete Davidson as a 24-year-old who needs to grow up. And working with Judd Apatow, the director gets the best he can out of Davidson for this particularly story.

Also - the final 40 minutes of this are fantastic. Everything with the fire department, a beautiful tribute to the NYFD, and so many honest and heartfelt scenes. Really comes together in this final act and makes it such a worthwhile story to tell. There's this kind of subtle spark of hope, a bit of optimism that makes me want to appreciate the potential in anyone. You can kinda be a nobody, but still make a difference and mean something to the people that are around you.