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“The Holdovers” Is An Absolute Masterpiece

Will you be a Holdover?
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The official promotional poster for “The Holdovers.”

“The Holdovers,” released Friday, Nov. 10, is an amazing, must-see movie. The setting, the acting and the plot all combine to make a spectacular film. In my opinion, it is definitely one of the best movies of 2023.

The movie is about a winter break at a boarding school, where the protagonist, Angus Tully, finds out he will be forced to stay over the break instead of going home. He is there with a professor, Mr. Hunham, whom most students have a distaste for and Mary Lamb, a lunch lady who is grieving the loss of her son who went to the school. This unlikely trio is forced to stay together and, of course, hijinks ensue.

This movie is directed by Alexander Payne and though he may be a bit of an unknown figure, his new movie, “The Holdovers” is one of the best I’ve seen. The way the scenes are shot provides comedic timing, while other scenes pull at your heartstrings and make you feel as the characters do in the moment. Though it’s not his first movie, it has definitely surpassed his other films, such as “Nebraska” and “The Descendants.”

Taking place at a boarding school, Barton Academy, in a cold New England winter in 1970, the setting is very luxurious and was filmed at five schools which include Groton, Northfield Mount Hermon, Deerfield Academy, St. Mark’s School and Fairhaven High School. The elements of the ’70s and the cold winter are felt by the audience; it really feels like Payne got a modern-day film crew back into the ’70s.

The acting in “The Holdovers” is phenomenal as well, with actors such as Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Dominic Sessa doing a spectacular job in the film. These may not be household names in the movie industry but in the Holdovers, they form an amazing trio that can make the audience laugh and also make the audience cry.

“The Holdovers” is a masterpiece of film. I love the cast, the directing, the characters and the setting. Overall, it’s a superb movie with many great reasons to see it.

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Coleton Rone, Staff Writer
Coleton Rone is a junior and a staff writer for the Knight Writers. This is his first year on staff. Rone is looking toward being one of the new hosts for the Knight Writers' very own Knight Mic and is most excited for the environment and excitement that surrounds it. "I joined newspaper because I thought I would have a lot of fun doing the interviews [for Knight Mic]," Rone said. "I'm excited for the football games specifically...I think the interviews there are going to be very enjoyable because the environment at [football games] is an experience of its own." Outside of journalism, Rone enjoys tapping into his musical side, he enjoys listening to music and playing his instruments. He plays bass guitar on his own, but academically, Rone plays double bass for Orchestra. Aside from music, Rone is a true fitness enthusiast at heart, as he enjoys testing his physical limits with weightlifting. He expresses this passion of his by lifting at least 4 times per week. When he isn't becoming a rising musician and expressing his athletic abilities, Rone spends his free time with his many pets but primarily his cat named Duck while watching Amazing World of Gumball. When asked about his greatest inspiration, the top person that comes to his mind is his Dad. "...he's a good person [with] good moral values, and he doesn't do anything despicable or evil," Rone said. After he leaves Robinson, Rone isn't quite sure what he will do next. He plans on either going to a 4 year university to major in business, or going to a trade school to learn more about a career in mechanics. (Profile by Keirra McGoldrick)
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