Is “The Fallout” the movie that best reflects the Z generation so far?

Megan Park (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) directs a crude fiction set in the environment of generation Z and the lack of gun control in the US (HBO Max)

Jenna Ortega (Today Yes! and soon in wednesday) stars in the school drama The Falloutthe film debut of Megan Park who approaches with an honest look at the generation Z. In recent years, Hollywood film and television have tried to portray the centennialsbut many have made the mistake of making them look like characters that are probably very exaggerated and far from reality, as in the case of euphoria, and others have seized on a more plausible narrative (Eighth Grade, Booksmart Y Love, Simon). It is one of the most difficult population groups to understand and faithfully draw in a fiction, but… could it be that a production went further and hit the nail on the head?

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“An exploration of the inexplicable resilience of life and the hope that comes from loss. A raw and honest story about this generation”, this is how HBO Max describes the new film. Before taking off with a common youth story, Park chose to include a problem that has affected educational institutions for decades in the US: the lack of gun control. The script begins with the shooting at a high school, but only shows us the scene of two teenagers – who were not close at first – hiding in the bathroom, while they listen to how the bullets take over the corridors.

Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler star in this story that addresses the emotional trauma after a high school shooting. (HBOMax)

Vada Cavell’s (Ortega) life changes forever in just a few minutes and she will have to deal with a strong emotional trauma at the age of 16. Finding themselves in that near-death situation together, Mia Reed (Maddie Ziegler) leans on her in the absence of her parents, two artists who travel frequently and leave her alone in a huge and luxurious house for long periods of time. Vada’s family is quite the opposite, they support and understand her since the tragic events, but they agree that she must face her return to school at some point through communication and therapy. Other friends that surround the protagonist on this path are a reflection of how young people can overcome the pain of loss and anger in different ways.

Megan Park's film, in her directorial debut, premiered on January 27 on the streaming platform. (HBOMax)
Megan Park’s film, in her directorial debut, premiered on January 27 on the streaming platform. (HBOMax)

Finneas and Megan Park embrace Gen Z

The Fallout he wanders between the streets of a pleasant neighborhood, the real location of a high school in Los Angeles and smartphones; in addition to representing the behaviors and habits of children and adolescents today. All this accompanied by brilliant original music composed by the American artist Finneas O’Connellbrother and music producer of billie eilishwith whom he has won eight Grammy Awards.

The film stars Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Shailene Woodley, Julie Bowen, John Ortiz, Niles Fitch and Will Ropp. It was written and directed by Megan ParkCanadian actress and singer known for playing Grace Bowman in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Between 2017 and 2018, she worked on two short films, but his first grand opera came true just this year.

The film premiered on January 27 in the catalog of hbo max.

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Is “The Fallout” the movie that best reflects the Z generation so far?