We Are Your Friends: A Movie Review
We Are Your Friends is a 2015 drama film directed by Max Joseph and starring Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley. The film follows the journey of Cole Carter, a young DJ who dreams of making it big in the electronic dance music scene. Along the way, he meets James Reed, a successful but jaded DJ who becomes his mentor, and Sophie, James’ girlfriend and assistant, who becomes his love interest. The film explores the themes of friendship, loyalty, passion and betrayal in the context of the EDM culture.
The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. Some praised the film’s soundtrack, cinematography and performances, especially from Efron and Bentley, while others criticized the film’s clichÃ©d plot, shallow characters and lack of originality. The film was also a box office flop, grossing only $11.1 million worldwide against a budget of $2 million. However, the film has gained some cult following among fans of EDM and Zac Efron.
We Are Your Friends is not a groundbreaking or memorable film, but it is a decent and entertaining one for those who enjoy music and romance. The film has some catchy songs, some stunning visuals and some heartfelt moments. The film also offers a glimpse into the world of EDM, its history, its techniques and its challenges. The film may not be your friend, but it is not your enemy either.
The film’s title, We Are Your Friends, is taken from the song of the same name by Justice vs. Simian, which won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2007. The song is featured in the film’s climax, where Cole plays his original track at a music festival and wins over the crowd. The song’s lyrics reflect Cole’s desire to connect with his audience and his friends through music.
The film’s director, Max Joseph, is best known as the co-host of the MTV reality show Catfish: The TV Show, where he helps people who have online relationships to meet their partners in real life. Joseph made his feature directorial debut with We Are Your Friends, which he also co-wrote with Meaghan Oppenheimer, based on a story by Richard Silverman. Joseph was inspired by his own experience as a DJ and his fascination with EDM. He also wanted to make a film that captured the spirit and energy of Los Angeles, where he grew up.
The film’s star, Zac Efron, is one of the most popular and versatile actors of his generation. He rose to fame with the High School Musical franchise, and has since starred in various genres of films, such as comedy (Neighbors, Dirty Grandpa), drama (The Greatest Showman, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile), romance (The Lucky One, The Notebook) and musical (Hairspray, The Greatest Showman). Efron did his own DJing in the film, and learned how to use the equipment and software from real DJs. He also underwent a physical transformation for the role, losing weight and gaining muscle.
The film’s female lead, Emily Ratajkowski, is a model and actress who gained worldwide attention with her appearance in the music video for Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines in 2013. She has since appeared in films such as Gone Girl, I Feel Pretty and Welcome Home. Ratajkowski plays Sophie, a smart and ambitious woman who works as James’ assistant and girlfriend, but who develops feelings for Cole. Ratajkowski also contributed to the film’s soundtrack, singing the vocals for Cole’s original song.
The film’s supporting cast includes Wes Bentley, Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez and Alex Shaffer, who play James, Mason, Ollie and Squirrel, respectively. James is a veteran DJ who mentors Cole but struggles with alcoholism and creative block. Mason is Cole’s best friend and roommate, who works as a promoter for nightclubs. Ollie is another friend of Cole, who tries to pursue a career as an actor. Squirrel is the youngest and most innocent member of the group, who often worries about their future. The film also features cameo appearances from real-life DJs such as Alesso, Nicky Romero and Dillon Francis.
The film’s soundtrack is one of its main attractions, featuring songs from various EDM artists such as Years & Years, Deorro, The Magician, Tchami and Gryffin. The soundtrack also includes original songs composed by Stewart Copeland, the former drummer of The Police, who also scored the film. The soundtrack was released by Interscope Records on August 21, 2015, a week before the film’s release.