The Diary of a Teenage Girl review

‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ starring Bel Powley is a US movie adaptation of the book/graphic novel of the same name. It narrates the experience of 15 year old Minnie Goetze and her developing relationship with sex. Without giving much away, the film demonstrates how sex can be toxic and damaging to relationships, be they lovers, family or friends.

The film incorporates the graphic illustrative style used in the novel into Minnie’s daydreams. Her ambition to become an illustrator herself causes her fantasies or ideas to be made vivid and unique, expressed through cartoon-style drawings. This technique works particularly well with the emphasis placed on Minnie’s youth, juxtaposed with the adult situations she is found in.

Through the talent of Bel Powley, supported brilliantly by Alexander Skarsgard and Kristen Wiig, this film discusses concepts such as self-acceptance and destruction on a universal level, despite being based on the story of a young girl. To this particular girl, sex is used as both a liberating and highly damaging idea, and therefore one which can be related to by most.

‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ is most certainly not a family film, however it does provide a compelling, thought-provoking hour and a half filled with humour, sex and underlying tension.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl is showing 22nd and 23rd June, you can view times and book tickets here.

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Catriona Davidson
Catriona Davidson joined Young Perspective in September 2013, concentrating largely on theatre reviews in Edinburgh. Among her articles was a controversial review of Stewart Lee which the comedian featured on his website. Catriona stopped writing for this website in 2015 and everyone at Young Perspective would like to wish her all the best with her future endeavours.
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