Heartthrob (2017)

Aubrey Peeples, Keir Gilchrist, Peter Facinelli, Jimmy Bennett,
Heartthrob is a movie starring Aubrey Peeples, Keir Gilchrist, and Peter Facinelli. Shy Henry is overjoyed to fall into an unexpected romance with gorgeous and popular Samantha the summer after high school graduation. When Henry's...
  • 5.4 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Writer:
  • Chris Sivertson, Director:
  • Michael Moran, Mark Myers, Producer:
9 / 10

So much more than your typical "romance gone wrong" movie

I had no idea what to expect going in to 'Heartthrob'. I've enjoyed some of Keir Gilchrist's previous performances and that was enough to convince me to see it. It then proceeded to start off a little slowly and I was getting a bit of a "seen it all before" vibe. By the end of the film though I was absolutely blown away.

Firstly, Keir Gilchrist is hauntingly good in his performance here. I believed his character and therefore was able to understand and be impacted by him. Every emotion he felt throughout the movie the audience feels too through his fantastic portrayal. This was an enormous part of what made this film so good.

Secondly, it is a genuinely dark film. It holds nothing back. The writing would almost have to be called masterful in places. In particular the ending. Endings to films are often considered one of the hardest things for film makers to get right. 'Heartthrob' does it about as good as any film I can remember. The final 2-3 minutes are heart-breaking, thought-provoking and intriguing all at the same time. To say I loved this film is an understatement. Please see it if you get the chance.

8 / 10

Don't understand everyone's problem with this film?

I really enjoyed it, I'm not gonna spoil anything but it seems a lot of these other reviews didn't seem to get what the film was about.There are a few things in this film that don't quite make sense but it's like that with any film, you're always gonna poke holes in films if you try to.It's a nice love story, with a dark undertone of what jealously and other people's influences can do to a relationship. Great acting and definitely worth a watch.

1 / 10

Awful

Although it was obvious where the movie was going, the last 20 minutes was just ridiculous and the writing atrocious.

9 / 10

Beautifully crafted

I wasn't expecting too much from this, basically because it's marketed as a teen movie and although they're usually entertaining, they don't often leave a lasting impression. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The young cast give mature and thoughtful performances, and there are meaningful interactions with adult characters, providing a more realistic view of life than your average high school "dramedy". The writing is subtle and the dialogue pleasingly minimal so that the acting and directing tell the story.

So often you see situations in movies that make you wonder what kind of medication the writers are on. No suspension of belief is required here - it may not be your everyday small town goings-on but the script writers haven't gone OTT in their efforts to entertain us.

I must also mention the hauntingly beautiful songs by Jason Quever. The add the final polish to what is a well-crafted piece of film art. Obviously a lot of care went into making this movie and it's a shame that some viewers might overlook it because of it's "teen" listing.

5 / 10

What did I just watch?

The movie is watchable but you may end up regretting it. It's about a teenage love gone inexplicably wrong. Nothing about that is very interesting and the relationship turns wrong as quickly as it starts. However, the acting of the main actress, the object of the obsessed boyfriend's affections was in question. There were two intense scenes in which she looked like she was about to laugh and once she actually chuckled. Did they not edit the movie? I dont get it, it really was distracting and made me wonder how she got the part.