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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

To say that I fell in love with this movie is an understatement. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a diamond in the rough and manages to put into words what it’s truly like finding a place to belong.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd, Joan Cusack

Premise:  Charlie is a kid with an incredibly troubled past. He’s starting high school with the pressure from his parents to make new friends and fit in, but Charlie isn’t having much luck. He’s a quiet, smart kid which in high school is interpreted as weird and a loser. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is Charlie’s story of how he maneuvered through the high’s and lows of his first year of high school. He befriends a quirky group of seniors and learns about love and heartbreak and ultimate friendships.

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My Review: This day in age, it’s cool to be uncool. People choose to dress quirky, be “different”,  be an outcast, be a hipster, be nerdy, just like everyone else. But there’s a big difference between choosing to be an outcast and actually being an outcast. Being an outcast is painful both physically and emotionally and what frustrates me is that movies or shows glamorize the pain as something cool. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a movie about what it’s truly like to being an outsider trying to find a place to belong.

I don’t think I’ve ever let a movie affect me so deeply. And that has to do with the perfect performances of Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson. Logan Lerman is a good-looking kid so it’s hard to believe someone so adorable could be seen as an outcast, but Lerman plays Charlie with just the right amount of insecurity and shyness. Charlie is adorable, but highly flawed. He wears his heart on his sleeve and it’s these facts that sets the movie in reality instead of nostalgia. Emma Watson was as lovely as ever, playing Sam with this effervescent glow. It was nice to see her in a different role than Hermonie. Watson was somehow the mysterious beautiful girl just out of reach and the girl next door all at the same time.  But the real stand-out to this movie was Ezra Miller who played Patrick. I am convinced that if Patrick were real he and I would be best friends. Patrick is a spirited gay high school student with a closeted popular boyfriend. He hides his insecurity and sorrow behind his eccentricities and the attitude that everything is okay. He really is a marvel to watch and his pitch-perfect performance is a constant scene stealer.

For any person who has struggled for a place to belong, this movie will hit home. It will affect each person differently depending on your experiences. And for some people (me) you’ll find it hard to hold yourself together throughout the movie, just as the characters do. The movie was utterly relatable. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is an instant classic, putting all the flashy tricks and gadgets away for spectacular performances and chemistry between the cast. And depending on your experiences growing up this movie will hit hard with the pains of growing up. This is a must-see movie.

 

Rating: 4 ½ (out of 5)

 

 

 

This movie is not for the faint of heart. It’s really dark. It leaves a lot up to debate, and it also makes me never want to have kids.

 

We Need To Talk About Kevin

 Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

Premise: One day, Kevin, son to Eva and Franklin, gets up and decides to go on a killing spree at his high school. Everyone always talks about the victims and their families, but no one ever talks about the killer and his (or her) family. This movie follows Eva both before and after the fact. It explores what Kevin was like when he was younger, his relationship with his mother, as well as Eva’s life after that fact as she tries figures out what to do next, and how to survive the situation.

My Review: When watching this movie, I couldn’t help feeling like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. It’s dark, and heavy, and already knowing the premise, from the beginning, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for Eva (Tilda Swinton). She suffered the worst kind of tragedy imaginable, and is trying to put her life back together, or at least survive, but no one lets her forget it. No one lets her move on. And should they? Is it her fault Kevin killed all those students? Why does she choose to stay in that town where she lost everything? Does she deserve to be subjected to that kind of scrutiny and pain after suffering so much already? Somehow, for me, the question is yes and no at the same time.

Kevin from the start was not a good kid, not to say that all kids who start out bad will turn out to be mass murder’s but there was something unsettling about Kevin from the start. Jasper Newell, the kid who played Kevin from age 6-8, was extraordinary. He was evil and adorable at the same time. Watching the way younger Kevin treated his mother made me feel like I never wanted to have kids. Newell was so good that kid should get an Oscar. Seriously.

This movie also had a lot of subtle twists as well as one big twist. I went into this movie with certain expectations as to how things would end. As to the extent of what Kevin did. I knew it would be tragic, but I didn’t know it would end like that. The circumstances under which Kevin mass murdered his fellow students are so horrific, it’s probably something I’ll never forget.

I don’t know if I’d classify We Need To Talk About Kevin as a great movie, but it was powerful, thought provoking, slightly traumatizing, and extremely well-acted. It’s definitely a movie worth checking out. But those ending images will stay with you for a long time. You’ll need a drink after it’s over. That I can promise you.

 

Rating: 3 ½ Stars.