This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 46. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE. To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.
’Chillin’ with ‘Aristotle and Dante’ 😎🎬”
Hey there, friends!
So, I finally got around to watching “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” and let me tell you, it’s like a breath of fresh air in a room that’s been stuffy for way too long. Directed by the talented Aitch Alberto, this film is a heartfelt journey that’s as colorful and vibrant as the book it’s based on. Yep, it’s one of those book-to-movie adaptations, and guess what? They actually did a pretty decent job!
The story dives into the lives of two teenagers, Aristotle and Dante, who are as different as chalk and cheese. Aristotle, played by the dreamy Max Pelayo, is this introspective guy, kinda broody with suppressed angst but in a cool, mysterious way. Then there’s Dante, brought to life by the charming Reese Gonzales. Dante’s this free spirit, an open book with a smile that could light up the darkest corners of your soul. He’s is a whirlwind of infectious curiosity and unapologetic self-expression. Ari and Dante’s chemistry? Absolutely electric! You know, the kind that makes you go, “Ah, to be young and figuring stuff out again…”
Set in the 1980s, their worlds collide at the local pool, and let me tell you, it’s not your typical chlorine-scented meet-cute. Dante, ever the philosopher (seriously, this kid drops Nietzsche quotes like confetti), drags Ari on a journey of self-discovery that’s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. They explore art, poetry, music, and, of course, the vast, confusing universe within themselves. There’s first love, awkward fumbling, family drama that packs a punch, and friendships that crackle with raw honesty.
It’s like watching a flower bloom in slow motion – beautiful, a bit awkward, but totally mesmerizing. The film captures the essence of growing up, dealing with family expectations, and the the wild, unpredictable journey of finding your identity.
And the humor, oh the humor! It’s not your slapstick kind but more like those small, everyday moments that make you chuckle. Like, there’s this scene where Aristotle tries to impress Dante, and it’s so adorably clumsy, you can’t help but laugh and go, “Been there, buddy.”
The cinematography? Stunning. It’s like every frame is a painting, with colors that pop and set the mood just right. There’s this one scene at sunset that’s so gorgeous, I swear I could hear my heart singing.
But what really got to me were the emotions. This film doesn’t just scratch the surface; it dives deep. It’s raw, real, and sometimes, a little too close to home. You know, that feeling when you’re holding back tears in a room full of people? Yeah, that.
Here’s a fun fact for you: Did you know that the book this movie is based on won several awards, including the Stonewall Book Award for its portrayal of the LGBTQ+ experience? Pretty cool, right?
In short, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” is more than just a movie — it’s an experience, a journey through the ups and downs of adolescence, friendship, and love. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most significant discoveries are the ones we make about ourselves.
So, if you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even call your mom to tell her you love her (no judgment!), do yourself a favor and check out “Aristotle and Dante.” Trust me, it’s worth every minute. Just bring tissues, a supportive bestie, and maybe a box of Kleenex-brand tissues, because those generic ones are scratchy and honestly, disrespectful to the emotional rollercoaster you’re about to embark on.
Until next time, keep it real and remember, the universe might be full of secrets, but friendship and love are the constellations that guide us home. 😊🌌