This week: XOXO
How do I write about a movie that is so little substance? Should I? The movie invites it’s viewers to have fun, and it succeeds. Well, succeed is a stretch. It is a pretty movie. There are black light forests, and lights, and drugs. It is an EDM festival advertisement with a weak plot.
I’ll back off though. I chose to watch this. I saw it one day and the actress from Modern Family was in it, and the Netflix preview made it look so pretty. I wasn’t expecting much. Yet. I wanted more. At one point one character has a moment of revelation about what she wants in a relationship.
This is the depth of the movie. Again, what was I expecting? I kept watching though. The driving motivation for all the characters is getting to the XOXO festival, where Avillo (Not AVIICI) is playing. There are multiple plot lines, but the most interesting is the story of Ethan Shaw.
He is called at the beginning of the movie by his best-friend manager, and is told that he gets to play at one of the XOXO stages. This starts the clock. Ethan can’t get in, his manager gets accidentally drugged, they eventually meet Avillo, he messes up his performance, he finds that EDM is about love, and eventually he hijacks Avillo’s huge set and makes out with Ms. Chocolate.
So it’s cute. It’s cute. There’s is just a lot going on. That story is only one of the characters that we barely spend time with. Eventually a grumpy ex-DJ finds that the founder of the festival is his old best friend, and he (oh yeah he is Chris Delia) falls in love with EDM.
It’s the EDM movement trying to give a movement that is drenched in corporate greed a heart. The movie opens with Ethan Saw , a name that I only remember because it’s said with the repetition of a Skrillex beat that just won’t get out of your head. With that said I think it’s best to lay down some screen shots of the movie that made me laugh, and some that totally spoke to my bitter old man.
It’s an advertisement for EDM that isn’t so PLUR.
Or maybe I’m just a curmudenony old Chris Delia. At one point he starts to lecture a festival-goer about how they need to get off their phones and enjoy the moment. She responded, “I didn’t ask for a lecture, I asked you to take a picture”
No one making this movie asked to be taken seriously, they just asked if you wanted to join in.