February 14, 2012

Like Crazy - 2011

Director: Drake Doremus
Writers: Drake Doremus & Ben York Jones
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence

Jacob (Yelchin) and Anna (Jones) fall in love during college, which would be fine if the latter weren't a British exchange student in the US on a visa. Because their young love knows no bounds, Anna makes the fateful decision to spend the summer with Jacob, past her visa's expiration date. When she tries to see him next, this poor choice results in her being sent on the first plane back to England, and the two struggle to keep their respective fires burning while over 5,000 miles apart.

Admittedly, I turned up the cheesiness factor a little while writing that plot synopsis. My apologies, but I didn't know how to write it properly in keeping with the quality of the film in question. This is far from your typical romance in both tonal and technical aspects. Like Crazy ends up being a lot closer to Blue Valentine than the average, but I can promise you'll cry a bit less. The crowning achievement in the film is its realism. It's shot in an almost documentary style at times, as though someone's observing events between the two play out. This naturalistic aura is aided through the skill of the young actors, and their respective delivery of the film's improvised dialogue. I couldn't tell you how many times I recognized a moment as something I had both experienced personally and never seen depicted onscreen. Like Crazy is a great alternative to the usual Valentine's Day cinematic drivel, even if our leading lady has an unusual (and unexplained) fondness for chairs. A

No comments:

Post a Comment