HYTeenBeat: Swing Away, A Review

Sorry for the long delay in blogging! Hope everyone is doing well. 

Today’s post is about the feature film Swing Away, directed by Michael A. Nickles (written/produced by Paul R. LingasJulia Wall, and George E. Stephanopoulos), which I was able to see a special screening of at the 10th Annual NYC Greek Film Festival at the NYIT Auditorium in October.

For those who don’t already know, the NYC GFF is a really fantastic event that comes to New York every Fall; you get to meet and speak with directors and producers from all over Greece and the US whose work is being featured. Recommending you see when the 2017 NYC GFF comes around so you can see why I love it.

Getting back to the film, Swing Away captures a few things that Greek’s are typically known for (including baking, futbol, the cafe NEO, and the classic meltdown). The theme is resilience, and the moral of the story is that the strength to rebuild and come out of a bad situation stronger is found in simple things like going home, talking with friends, taking on a new project, or just taking the time to look at something from a difference perspective. Take time to step back… relax… rethink… rebuild. It’s a simple process that we often forget because we’re too trapped in one moment or problem or too busy stressing about what other people think or say.  

There’s also a big emphasis on reaching out and helping others. In the movie, Zoe (not me, Shannon Elizabeth, who plays the golfer and hero of the story) is trying to hide out and recover from a big failing moment when she meets young Stella (Viktoria Miller), who is determined to be an amazing golfer regardless of how impossible it seems based on her location and financial circumstances. Zoe becomes a major mentor to Stella and helps save the town’s major resource — a golf course — from an American developer resembling he-who-must-not-be-named (no, not a Harry Potter reference). 

It’s a great movie that does have a few romantic and comic twists to it and I strongly recommend it to you. In the current movie-rating system I’d call it G (Giagia approved) or the standard PG. 

The one question I have about the movie is WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE URN? No spoilers, but perhaps there’s a sequel in the making? I might have to ask Mr. Stephanolpoulos next Saturday at the Greek Legacies conference at the Alfred Lerner Cinema.