After a terrible day, I was glad that I decided to go out and see a movie with friends yesterday. While we had originally planned to see Love Happens, I convinced them to watch Whip It instead.
Whip It, starring Ellen Page, is about a rebellious seventeen-year-old who is tired of following her mother’s agendas in the beauty paegent world. Ellen’s character discovers the aggressive sport of rollerskating derby in which she finds a place where she belongs.
The movie itself was better than I expected. One cannot help but adore Ellen Page and the rest of the cast. I laughed out loud, I cried, and I grimaced throughout the whole movie. I love how Drew Barrymore starred and directed the movie. Her character Smashley Simpson was definitely one of my favorites. Since I don’t want to give much away, I’ll just state that my favorite scene out of the whole film was the pool scene. I think that the scene was just incredibly beautiful. It was breathtaking and I was simply in awe the whole time. Furthermore, the movie had a catchy soundtrack, and I felt that I was tapping my toe the entire time. Rollerskating derby looked so much fun, and though it’s violent in nature, it would look fun to try!
Ellen always portrays strong female characters in her movies, and this is no exception. Her character was determined to do whatever it takes to pursue her dreams. Though the road was tumultuous, she never gave up and tried her best to be her own hero. After Whip It, I am definitely looking forward to more movies starring Ellen and/or directed by Drew.
Did I mention I got a free t-shirt? It was the perfect way to top it all off.
I highly recommend that everyone see Whip It. It comes out this Friday, October 2, 2009.