Friday, December 27, 2013

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Director: James Ponsoldt. Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bob Odenkirk. 95 min. Rated R. Comedy/Drama/Romance.

Recently watched Love Story, and was amazed how fake, contrived and predictable this popular movie was. Fast-forward to 2013, and similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, we have high-schoolers who are real people - with real emotions, and real problems that are dealt with in a very authentic, heart-breaking manner. Starts as a comedy and ends in deep drama, with believable performances by Teller, and three up-and-coming actresses: Woodley (The Descendants), Larson (Short Term 12), and Winstead (Smashed). Think of Before Midnight and The Spectacular Now, and you realize romantic movies will never be the same.

Mo says:


  1. I remember that I read its script too, when I was too young. I never forget the lines of the movie and script that was starting the same by this :
    What can you say about a 25-year-old girl who died?
    That she was beautiful and brilliant?
    That she loved Mozart and Bach?
    The Beatles?
    And me?

    "Love means never having to say you're sorry.' is one of the everlasting quotes in romantic movies. For it's time it was a noticeable movie,but maybe for now and for a new viewer it doesn't make sense.

    1. Yes, I agree that if I had seen the movie even 10-15 years ago, my opinion would have definitely been different. But I could not believe the story: a young woman has cancer, and her appearance doesn't change a bit till the moment she dies? How could people buy that?