Some films of recent times have been widely appreciated, a few having struck the right chords with the audiences, ‘Pink Skies Ahead’ being one of them. It has emerged as one of the best made films which deals with a medical condition that millions face in today’s fast-paced world – anxiety. It also has an added humorous side which makes the film stand out and loved by the audiences.
Kelly Oxford’s has done exceptional work for his debut film which deals with a young woman trying to find herself, a pair of worried, coddling parents, along with a bunch of comical friends. The film is set in 1998, bringing back nostalgia to life. This upper-middle-class coming-of-age comedy has been widely acclaimed for its content which deals with anxiety, which is something millions around the world struggle with. The lead role of Winona is played by Jessica Barden, who is a fascinating, stylish and often a confident person, but somewhere loses herself to anxiousness and gets numb when faced with challenging situations. A visit to her family doctor, played by Henry Winkler, reveals of an anxiety disorder which she ignores getting on with her wild lifestyle which leads to a roller coaster ride throughout the film. The character of Jacob, played by Jeremy forms an important part of the plot, which has its own share of hilarious moments. He plays a college kid who’s always up to trouble and at the same time is a charmer and a big ladies man. He’s also Winona’s ex-boyfriend in the film.
The film starts with Winona failing her driver’s test, followed by a walk of shame back to her parents’ house in the valley. Her mother’s role played by Marcia Gay Harden and father’s essayed by Michael McKean are well-defined and interestingly molded along the storyline. The highlight of the film is the scene where Winona along with her party girlfriend Stephanie played by Odeya Rush take mushrooms and fall asleep on a blanket in the park. As the film progresses her anxiety begins to spin out of control, with her other best friend Addie (Rosa Salazar) urging her to go for a complete therapy, till Winona meets Ben (Lewis Pullman), a polite Ph.D. student who is all impressed by her humor and style, leading to a romantic twist in the tale.
‘Pink Skies Ahead’ excels in most departments, with its light moments and dwelling on an important subject like anxiety. The film is a sure shot winner which one should definitely add to their must-watch list.