Director: Allan Moyle
Written by: Carol Heikkinen
Empire Records, in my opinion is a truly awesome and epic movie, and one of the best films to come out of Moyle and Hikkinen combined.
It focuses on a group of teenagers who go about their personal lives whilst working in a record store. I think that it tries to tackle with the teenage movie market as it looks at that pivotal part in their lives when they are about to make that change into adulthood. However it's aura completely differs from movies such as 'American Pie' as it creates a more realistic surrounding.
When I'm bored which is rare but hey it happens, this film is perfect because although there is depth to the meaning, it isn't emotionally draining yet isn't lifeless generic garbage either. I find certain films that are just pointless and stupid to be a laugh but they can occasionally become rather irritating. On the other hand, serious dramas can leave you tired. Empire Records allows you to laugh and wish you could jet set back to the 90's but allows you to use your brain cells too. Each characters story can touch certain parts of ourselves. No matter how past High School you may be, you can still understand their aspirations and fears because their tales are not theatrical and full of un-necessary drama. It genuinely feels real like you could walk into that store and expect them to ring up your purchases and bid you a good day.
Another perk is that you're not only able to relate to the story lines, but also to the development of the characters. None of the personalities are exaggerated and purposely stereotyping a specific topic. The story combines problems such as teenage anxieties, suicide, drugs, sex, friendships, our own perception of stereotypes and the prospect of the future... but without jamming it down your throat. The editing allows it to flow even more as it keeps it at a good pace without jumping around too much. When you're in the store itself, the shots are quick and direct which enables you to feel the craziness and quirkiness all the more. However when you're faced with the slower more meaningful moments, the camera takes a long sigh and put's the car into neutral so you can take in everything around you.
This move itself is a wicked high-energy cult film that I could turn on at any time, any day, no matter what. It features a great 90's Punk soundtrack and really knows how to set the mood instantly. It doesn't take a while to get into or understand and doesn't involve any overly ambitious twists and plots. Just be sure to rock a pair of Doc Martens and a plaid shirt whilst watching.