Thanks to Sony Pictures for the chance to see ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Words on Bathroom Walls is a coming of age teen drama centred on Adam (Charlie Plummer), a high schooler struggling with schizophrenia. After experiencing an episode at his school resulting in a fellow pupil being injured, Adam moves schools looking for a fresh start. Here he meets Maya, the school valedictorian and an unlikely friendship develops.
The film succeeds in depicting mental health in a unique and engaging way. The audience are positioned from the perspective of Adam, seeing his multiple personalities and distorted visions. This visual representation of schizophrenia gives viewers a look inside Adam’s psyche, making one understand his everyday struggles and challenges.
The two main leads Adam and Maya (Taylor Russell) deliver excellent performances and share a natural chemistry on-screen. The connection that develops between these two characters is one of the films highlights.
Words on Bathroom Walls is targeted to a teen audience and ticks all the boxes for a high school drama. For older viewers well equated in the teen genre, there are a few tried and true plot points and cliches.
Words on Bathroom Walls is a teen drama with a twist. The film is a cut above other films of the genre and promotes a healthy discussion about mental health, in particularly helping to remove the stigma surrounding schizophrenia.
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