It seemed like an ordinary summer but, in the end, for this group of friends, everything changed. Their stories all have one thing in common: the courage to take risks and let themselves go.
Netflix has been clutching several films with diverse genres and in various languages. The movie's trailer was released in Youtube on the 17th of June and has garnered around half a million views. The description of the film read, "It seemed like an ordinary summer but, in the end, for this group of friends, everything changed. Their stories all have one thing in common: the courage to take risks and let themselves go." Interesting isn't it? Here we go with our opinion
What's the story about?
The film starts with the song Riccione by Thegiornalistiand the camera pans over the sea and the boardwalk, and it formulates the inflexion for the intact movie. A group of friends meet randomly on the Italian beach every year to have fun in their summer. A few impoverished youths also arrive there, to have fun and find some part-time job. Vincenzo (Lorenzo Zurzolo), a visually challenged adolescent arrives with his mother Irene (Isabella Ferrari). Ciro(Cristiano Caccamo), an aspiring musician also makes it to the beach town to participate in an audition, which he fails. He finds a job as a lifeguard in the beach to Furio (Davide Calgaro)'s father. Marco (Saul Nanni) hails from his town to get along with his committed girlfriend Guenda (Fotinì Peluso). Marco shares room with Tommy (Matteo Oscar Giuggiolo), a happy-go-lucky boy dwelling with his stud of a grandfather Gualtiero (Andrea Roncato), who takes a bit too much dignity in sleeping with five women in a single day, back in time when he was youthful and toiled as a lifeguard. So, with all these people who are there for the vacation with various plans in their life, a few of them unite mutually to win the Volleyball tournament conducted. The remaining of the story is how the teens fight and win their love and life in the small seashore town.
Despite comprising a vast number of adolescents, who are frequently forced by tremors and misbehave in the stimulus of the second without thinking twice, the film sticks to verisimilitude by not exaggerating the emotion. Everyone in the film has just performed so realistic, that this film makes you wish to live like them in life. All the characters in the film are so beautifully sculpted that they make you fall in love with them.
Music and Other Departments
Naturally, a feel-good film is always accompanied by some nice pleasant music. This film similarly has got mindblowing and cheerful music which elevates your mind and the film into an optimistic note. The very first scene of the film has a frame of showcasing the beauty of the beach. Trust me, even if you ain't a seaside sweetheart, you would be anaesthetized by the lensing that you want to rub your legs on the same shore atleast next vacation. Scissor work could have been a bit better as they could have weeded out several lags. The film is completely taped in the real locations and there's nothing much work to offer for the Art department whereas the Sound crew has done a stunning work to bring us close to the boardwalk.
While the adorable wee lovey-dovey moments haul at your heartstrings, a swarm of tremors mops through when the film touches upon the subtleties of personal connections through the kernels of its characters. From the variety of connection, Vincezo shares with his overly shielding mom Irene or the fashion in which Marco avows his affection for Guenda, the tale of ‘Under the Riccione Sun’ bequeaths you with a lot to retrieve it for. More than the story and screenplay of the anecdote, it is the moments of the lives which will make you love it.
Though the film is scripted in a very happy way, the ending is very much predictable for anyone. The film runs for less than 100 minutes and they did have lags which would make you a bit boring.
With the mood we go through in this quarantine time, this film makes you fall in love for the stories of the beach wandering adolescents. The film with no properly elevated scene holding screenplay still engages you throughout despite its predictability factor. This film gives us a feel of going on a vacation where we would have too many surprises with unexpected eye-openers and a few obstacles as well. To loaf yourself, Under the Riccione Sun is a pleasure watch. They have clearly set the mood with the very first scene and despite it, if you think too much then it will become irksome and would be a drag-race. It’s one large ball indeed – a party that I’d fancy to blend in, with the current mood.
Do I recommend?
If you are a fan of Feel-Good films, this should be a Mandatory one on your list, else I'd say why don't you give it a shot as it gives you the much-needed positivity you need right now.