An allegory for teenage angst, Spontaneous is a new lens of adolescence as it goes in depth while being wildly unpredictable. A poignant, fast-paced, hilarious and genuinely shocking of-the-moment maximalist portrayal of what the fuck it really feels like to grow up in 2020. It feels like life will just snap to a close at literally any moment so why keep chugging along when it seems to hopeless? This film answers that with a solid semi-optimistic belief in the necessity in life’s unpredictably.
When students in their high school inexplicably start to explode, seniors Mara (Katherine Langford) and Dylan (Charlie Plummer) struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. As an unexpected romance blossoms between them, they soon discover that when tomorrow is no longer promised, they can finally start living for today.
This film is full of cliches but it manages to conceal it from its quirky and witty humor. And once you get to know the characters and appreciate them deeply, the story takes a sharp turn into something else. The teenage angst the movie encounter sets it to a different level of vibe and energy which brings a melodramatic feel along with its music that just feels right in every scene and downright subtle.
Don’t let the awful posters and the fact that it’s from the same production company as most awful Netflix teen comedies, Spontaneous is actually quite bold and makes amazing usage of it’s engaging and unique premise on top of that features a charming and wonderful performance from Katherine Langford. The tonal balance here is an immaculately difficult one, but it’s very reassured direction keeps it in check. One of the best teen rom-coms of recent years (maybe even decades). Everything about this felt earned and it delivers. Perhaps the best surprise of the year.