“Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret” Releasing Globally in Theaters Friday, April 28, 2023
Reviewed by: Joy Parris-“Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret” Releasing Globally in Theaters Friday, April 28, 2023. It’s a heartfelt and relatable coming-of-age story that explores the struggles of adolescence. Director Kelly Fremon Craig’s film does an excellent job adapting Judy Blume’s novel for the big screen. The film follows the story of Margaret, a young girl trying to navigate the challenges of growing up, finding her place in the world, and coming to terms with her spirituality. It does an excellent job of capturing the awkwardness and insecurity that many young people feel as they try to figure out who they are and where they fit in. It also touches on some of the challenges that come with growing up in a multi-faith household, and how religion can both help and hinder our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Overall, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is a touching and thought-provoking film that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt lost or uncertain during their teenage years. It’s a must-watch for anyone who appreciates heartfelt coming-of-age stories that explore the complexities of human experience with honesty and empathy.
Kelly Fremon Craig’s directing style of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is understated yet effective. The focus is on the characters and their emotions, rather than flashy visuals or excessive drama. The pacing is deliberate, allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves in Margaret’s journey and feel the same sense of uncertainty and self-discovery that she experiences. She also does an excellent job of capturing the nuances of adolescent life, from the awkwardness of first crushes to the pressure to fit in with peers. The cinematography is simple yet beautiful, with a focus on natural lighting and subtle camera movements. Overall, the directing style of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret perfectly complements the heartfelt and relatable story. It allows the audience to connect with the characters on a deep level and feel invested in their journeys.
The performances in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is nuanced and authentic. Rachel McAdams’s portrayal as the Mom was loving and strong an emotional tone that will resonate with parents as she helps Margaret through her journey. The interaction between actors fully embodies their characters and brings a sense of realism to the film. Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret does a fantastic job of portraying Margaret’s coming-of-age journey, capturing both her vulnerability and strength. The supporting cast also shines, bringing depth and complexity to their respective roles. Overall, the performances in this film are a major highlight, contributing to the emotional resonance and relatability of the story. The actors’ chemistry and talent make for a compelling and engaging viewing experience.
“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” is so much more than a coming-of-age story. It’s also about being true to your beliefs and the bonds of family love even for those who see things differently.