Posts Tagged ‘Brie Larson’

Judd Apatow isn’t for everyone. Amy Schumer isn’t for everyone. This “romantic comedy” is longer than 2 hours. Put all these things together and this movie could have been a disaster. So once the movie was over I was utterly surprised that my first thought was, “Wow, this might be the first and ONLY movie I’ve ever like of Judd Apatow’s.”

Trainwreck
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Ezra Miller

Amy Schumer isn’t for everyone, but apparently she is for me. She has this great way of putting into words everything I’ve ever felt or thought and experienced but without any filter. No one’s life is perfect, but sometimes I can’t help but feel my life is just one really, really, REALLY long sitcom. And somehow Amy knows just how to put those feelings into hilarious, over-the-top, yet somehow relatable words.

To make a LOOONNG story short. Trainwreck is about a carefree and independent a woman named Amy. She has a successful job, an endless string of one night stands and no desire to change her ways according to the mantra her father instilled in her at a young age, “monogamy isn’t realistic.” Then one day Amy meets a guy, possibly THEE guy. He’s the guy who makes her want to change her ways even if it goes against everything instinct she had engrained in her.

Trainwreck is goofy, surprisingly touching, frustrating, endearing and funny. While it is in no way perfect, and emotionally it’s all over the place, any inconsistencies and odd moments are made up for in a fantastic sweet and satisfying ending. Good romantic comedies with great endings are really hard to find, but despite the fact that this is an Apatow movie, Trainwreck is the best I’ve seen in a while thanks to Amy Schumer (who also wrote the script.)

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Review’s In A Hurry: INDIE VERSION!

 

Short Term 12
Directed By: Destin Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr, Kaitlyn Dever, Keith Stanfield, Rami Malek, Kevin Hernandex,

There are good actors, there are great actors, and then there is Brie Larson in Short Term 12. This movie may be my favorite movie I’ve seen so far this year and it’s because of her performance. It’s something that should not be missed.

Short Term 12 centers around Grace who is a supervisor at a home for at-risk youth. Grace keeps helps troubled teens deal with their problems all the while trying to cope with her own difficult past. Brie Larson plays Grace and it must be said, this is her best performance EVER. I’ve never been a big fan of hers, but in this movie she was able to say so much without speaking a single word. Her acting was so powerful I will remember it and this movie for a long time.

As stellar as her performance was, her co-stars were also on par carrying equal weight as Larson, in particular John Gallagher Jr as Grace’s supportive boyfriend Mason, Kaitlyn Dever as the tragic rebellious Jayden who’s story about a cute little octopus will break your heart, and Keith Stanfield who plays Marcus and will cause you to cry without you even realizing it. Its performances like these that will stick with you forever. And that’s what movie making and movie watching is all about.  Rating: 5 Stars (This might be the first ever!)

 

 

The Way Way Back
Directed by: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Starring: Toni Collette, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, Liam James, Allison Janney, Zoe Levin, Annasophia Rob, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry

The Way Way Back seems like a story we’ve all heard before: perpetually shy Duncan deals with his Mom’s jerk of a boyfriend on a family vacation by running away to a water park where he finds friends in unlikely places. Despite the familiar themes, the journey is something not to be missed. This is thanks in part to directors/writers Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate) and Jim Rash (Community) who also have a part in the movie. Most of us know the feeling of being a bystander in your own life, wishing you could just say those few words or do that one thing that would change your life forever, but you don’t know how to do it without looking or sounding like an idiot. That feeling, is Duncan, and that feeling is what makes Duncan so relatable. He is someone we can understand so to watch him slowly break out of his shell thanks to Owen is something worth rooting for.

As for Owen, he’s nothing short of amazing. Owen is not without his flaws, but at the heart of it, he’s the kind of guy every man should hope to be – hell every person should be. He gives out his friendship unconditionally, showing people through his words and his actions how to be a better person, even if he sucks at being a manager. He is accepting of everyone for who they are. Sam Rockwell plays this character perfectly with the right amount of cockiness, charisma, and compassion.

Watch this movie because of the great characters, watch this movie because of the great performances, watch this movie because of Sam Rockwell. Just watch it. Rating: 4 (out of 5 Stars)

 

 

Drinking Buddies
Directed by: Joe Swanberg
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudekis

Drinking Buddies is about two co-workers Luke and Kate who work at a brewing company. They are best friends, drinking buddies, and seemingly perfect for each other the only problem is they’re both in relationships. Unfortunately, this movie does not come as advertised. Instead of a cute, sweet, rom-com with a twist, it’s more of a slow, uncomfortable, improvisational drama. My biggest problem with this movie is that I never knew where it was going. While sometimes that can be a good thing, in this case it wasn’t. I’m all for movies that feel unscripted, but it was as if the actors had no outline. Like the director said, “Olivia Wilde you’re Kate, Jake Johnson, you’re Luke. There’s an attraction between you two, but you don’t act on it. Have a good movie see you in 4 weeks for picture wrap.”

The best part of this movie was Anna Kendrick. With this movie we were able to see a raw side of her never seen before. Unfortunately the rest of the movie was unfocused and messy. Though the story and the characters were interesting, the movie just didn’t go anywhere. Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

 

 

The Spectacular Now was not what I expected. The trailers are severely misleading. I expected a sweet, cute love story budding between two love sick teenagers. Instead it was I got was heart-wrenching, genuine complicated movie with two characters who are extremely different and extremely relatable.

The Spectacular Now
Directed By: James Ponsoldt
Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Amy Finicky is too good for popular, likeable, but ultimately unreliable, Sutter Keely. She’s normal, smart, down to earth, and totally not Sutter’s type, but he finds himself drawn to her when she discovers him drunk on someone’s lawn. And this is where they fall in love right? They go to prom, he discovers the beauty in the world and is reformed and they live happy ever after. That’s how it ends right? No. Sutter is still reeling from a difficult break up with his girlfriend and dealing with abandonment issues from his father and being ignored by his mother. Watching him mask his pain by being charming, clever, and really an absolute nice guy is quite heartbreaking.

The dialogue is natural and the romance between Amy and Sutter is very believable. It’s slow, it’s a process. It’s him trying to be delicate with her feelings, and her coming to terms that someone she never thought would like her actually does. But then the honeymoon period is over and Sutter is forced to come head to head with his demons. He meets his with his father and comes to realize he’s exactly like his father, unreliable, flaky, and a probable alcoholic. Only he’s not, he just can’t see it.

The Spectacular Now is carried by two brilliant actors Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. Their chemistry is palpable and their dialogue natural. They speak like teenagers and act like teenagers, but they also have this ease about them. Sometimes I forgot I was even watching a movie. Kyle Chandler plays against type as Sutter’s father and his performance is frustratingly believable. There were times I wanted to reach through the screen, grab him by the shoulders and say, “You’re Coach Taylor! Stop it.”

This movie is definitely worth checking out, even though I have to tell you it’s not easy to watch. It takes you on an emotional trip, but it’s worth the watch. Not everything can be rainbows and fairytales, but there’s always a chance to turn things around.

 

Rating: 4 Stars