While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.
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The Fits is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni-a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni's desire for acceptance is twisted. Written by
The Fits follows a young girl as she joins a dance team. Upon her sign up some of the other students begin to experience sudden seizures, or fits.
The shots were pretty great. The camera would often roll for more than a few minutes, making the actors memorize all their actions and lines for each scene instead of being loaded with cuts that don't require as much acting and memorization ability.
The thing is, though, that the lines that had to be memorized were few and far between. There's very little dialogue in this movie, so as far as that area is concerned none of the actors were particularly challenged I'm sure. As for action, yes, there was a lot of that. There were often lengthy shots of the main character going through the same dance routine over and over. Of course, there was room for error as she was just practicing, and it was always the same dance, but it was pretty impressive regardless.
However, the movie falls short on several levels. First of all, the actors aren't actually all that good, despite their effort. The lead actress, Royalty Hightower, is pretty good for a child actor, but everyone else falls pretty flat. They just aren't nearly as convincing, and thus when we as the audience are supposed to care about them we simply can't. I didn't, anyway.
The story itself was actually really intriguing to me, but it was so boring in actuality. As it progresses it slows more and more until it's just a straight-up boring movie. The way the story is presented, however, is unoriginal, dumb, and often formulaic. It's more focused on the main characters acting like little girls and having fun than it is about the fits themselves, despite the title of the film being just that. The fits are actually really not that important. Without knowing the title or plot synopsis of this movie I would not have guessed that the fits were actually supposed to be important. It's a coming-of- age movie so I understand that good titles may be hard to come by, but the fits could have had more significance regardless.
There's this kind of stupid scene at the end where floating happens when it shouldn't be, and it looks hilariously fake. I actually laughed out loud at this scene. Whether or not it was actually fake, I don't know, but it looked awful and didn't make any sense.
There are a handful of parts scattered through this movie where characters act so in-sync with each other that it ends up taking the audience out of the movie more than it does anything for it. It makes it feel fake. Mind you there were only a few of these scenes, but they were still distracting enough to make them hard to ignore.
Overall The Fits is kind of stupid, and a largely forgettable movie. I understand what the movie was trying to do, and I think it was kind of cool what it did with symbolism and all that, but it just lacked in it's ability to present itself well enough as both a functioning and original story and a symbolic one. As for the stupid floating scene, I'm sure it means something, but the movie gave me no reason to care enough to put any more thought into it than I already had. In the end I wouldn't recommend this movie.
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