May 29, 2024

This Is Not How Life Is Supposed To Feel

I Saw The TV Glow
A24 (2024)
The trailer for I Saw The TV Glow played a few times before movies that I saw at my local Regal Cinema, but they never ended up showing the film.  In fact, no theaters in my area carried it.  The closest I could find was an AMC that was over an hour away.  For most movies, I would have just said the hell with it and waited to catch it on streaming or home video, but I tend to really enjoy A24 films and the trailer did it's job on me.

This is not a movie that's going to appeal to everyone.  In fact, I can only think of a handful of people who I'd recommend it to, but I thought it was incredible.

Brigette Lundy-Paine, who co-stars in the film with Justice Smith, has called this film an allegory for being transgender.  I can totally see it, but I think that who you are determines what you take away from this film.  For me, it's about how time seems to speed up as you get older, and how human beings tend to search for a higher purpose to prove to themselves that there has to be more to life than this.  However you interpret this story, it's presented in a way that you can't look away from.