The consequences is an HBO Max film that follows Vada and her friend as she experiences the emotional fallout after a school shooting. The main character, Vada, is played by Jenny Ortega, and her friend Mia is played by Maddie Ziegler. The consequences conveys an important message about the effect of gun violence on teens, but the impact is muted by the writers’ attempts to represent teen slang and culture. Either way, the film still does a great job of communicating the mental struggles that many young people face after enduring a very traumatic event. Unfortunately, this film is accessible to thousands of teenagers who have been through similar situations.
At first glance, the school shooting scene seems rushed and too early in the film. Still, the so-called premature placement of the scene has the effect of showing just how suddenly something like this can happen in real life. The film progresses quickly after the shooting scene, which shows how the teenagers have to go back to “normal life” and are meant to be the same person they were before the shooting. The rest of the film explains why life can never be the same again for someone like Vada. this is especially evident at the end of the film, when Vada hears the news of another school shooting and realizes that she will always be affected by what happened. No matter how far Vada strays from what she went through, what she went through will continue to impact other teens, and as long as it does, Vada won’t be able to completely move on. something else.
One problem with this film is that there are too many lines in the film that look clunky. There are entire conversations that feel awkward when they’re not meant to feel that way to the audience. It seems the reason is that the writers were trying to use language that they think teenagers use. However, this tactic is not effective because either the language is not appropriate or it is not something teenagers would say. Phrases such as “this is my vibe” and “take back what I put up” are some examples. The obvious disconnect between screenwriters and today’s youth has been an issue in many recent movies and TV shows, some of which include Ginny and Georgia, The kissing boothand the Gossip Girl to restart. The majority of The consequences is well-written, but young viewers might find themselves constantly distracted by goofy attempts at Gen-Z lingo and unable to appreciate the film’s deeper meaning.
The consequences is Megan Park’s directorial debut. Park has been acting for many years and directed Billie Eilish’s “Watch” music video, but this is her first feature film. Park felt that much of his work in films like Central intelligence and Once upon a time there was a prince was inauthentic and unsatisfying, which is why she wanted to do something that spoke to an important issue.
As for the actors, Jenny Ortega was a perfect fit for the role of Vada. Previously, Ortega was known as a Disney star, acting in stuck in the middle and yes day. In The consequences, Ortega proves to be a more serious actress. Ortega does a terrific job of authentically portraying a student struggling with the hardships faced by survivors of the school shooting.
Choosing Maddie Ziegler to play Mia, a classmate whom Vada grows closer to following filming, was a more controversial choice. Ziegler first found fame on the reality show dance moms. Although she is known as a dancer, she performed in Henry’s bookand more recently, West Side Story. Some have speculated that Ziegler may have only gotten the role because of his fame. However, Ziegler went through a standard audition process to earn her role as the famous dancer on Instagram, which she is in real life. Although Ziegler fit the role, it was risky to cast someone so inexperienced.
The consequences sends a very important message and accurately describes the mental health issues of many adolescents. This impact is sometimes muted, however, due to Ziegler’s clunky dialogue and poor acting. It’s obvious that movies and shows will only have more impact when writers stop trying to include teen-only dialogue and just write what’s authentic in the story.