835. We Are Your Friends

Title: We Are Your Friends
Director: Max Joseph
Year: 2015
Run time: 1hr 36m

“We Are Your Friends is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Ratajkowski). With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.”

Live blog

2:26 – “There he is, wearing a leather jacket in the summertime.”
4:43 – Less than five minutes in, and there’s Logic Pro.
11:55 – I like Zefron’s trying to be casual but clearly awks approach.
14:44 – “To spin” is more of a gym-based verb for me.
19:37 – “It’s not really morning music.” “That’s okay, because it’s twelve thirty.”
26:10 – Life hack: soda with cranberry juice looks like rose but keeps you sober.
28:56 – 128 is the magic number.
32:28 – “Any successful artist, they have this moment. Where they stop being an admirer and they find their signature.”
33:38 – Sushi is not a good excuse for a fight.
37:13 – He does good hand claps.
37:55 – Jesus Christ, I need a friend with a recording studio.
44:18 – They have such good views in California.
54:18 – Curious what this Ms Romero storyline is all about.
58:44 – He’s gonna need a bigger shoebox.
1:05:50 – I like the idea of recording sounds you hear out and about.
1:10:57 – Always the nice ones.
1:17:12 – I’d spend more time staring at the pool if it had actual water in it.
1:30:06 – “The moment before it starts.”

Conclusions

So there are two things I should admit before continuing. Firstly, I was keen to watch this mostly because I have a soft spot for the Zefron. Secondly, I’ve always been a bit sceptical of what DJs do. Put together a track, sure, but that whole reading the room thing… hmm.

I’m converted. The way it’s explained in the film is so visual and almost visceral that I got it, all of a sudden, I was on board.

This isn’t exactly a groundbreaking film, but it had far more story than I imagined it might, and it drew me in so I really cared about what happened to everyone involved.

My only complaint, is that they sign-posted the big significant turning point a mile ahead. “Nothing bad has ever happened to you…” he said, and you could almost hear the ominous drums kicking into gear. Aside from that, it was actually a good movie, entertaining, and for me at least, educational.

Lots of good music studio shots too, I’m envious. Although Mr C wasn’t happy that Cole appeared to be using several different versions of Logic on his various machines. Compatibility issues, ahoy!

Rating: 3/5.

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