Review: LIKE CRAZY

Jacob (Yelchin), an American, and Anna (Jones), an English girl, meet and fall in love while in their last semester at college. Their love is all consuming and they cannot bare to be apart. When Anna’s visa expires she decides to ignore this and stay on in the States. This rash decision has severe repercussion on their relationship in the months and years to come. When Anna leaves America for a brief trip to England she is not allowed to re-enter the States on her return. Will their love survive the long distance and will they ever get the happily ever after they so desperately want with each other?

There is a real naturalness and passion in this film. This is in part due to the way it has been shot. It is not the stylized camera shots usually used in Hollywood romance stories, instead it has a documentary, fly on the wall feel about it. As a result you are engulfed into the characters lives from the get go.

It also helps that Yelchin and Jones have such a raw chemistry. From the onset, as a viewer, you can feel the passion and intensity of their love, the awkward moments and even the knots in their stomach moments transfer to yours. This could have to do with the fact that most of the script was improvised. The improvisation serves as both a positive and a negative. When done well it adds to the organic feel of this film, however, at times scenes feel very drawn out.

Director, Drake Doremus, has managed to capture the agony, and the unique issues that come with being in a long distance relationships. He has the pain of trying to snatch conversations due to time zones issues, the nervousness of seeing a person in their own environment, and the constant feeling of being on a holiday romance.

However, as the film goes on the characters start to lack depth and it’s very hard to feel any empathy for them. Frustration rather than empathy start to enter the mix. This is especially so when Sam (Jennifer Lawrence) enters the mix. While she is likeable, her actions make her very frustrating and in turn show Jacob and Anna in a not so bright light.

But maybe this is the emotion Doremus wanted the audience to feel? All the characters and the situation they find themselves in is frustrating. So, perhaps, if the audience leaves the cinema feeling the same frustration, he has achieved his aim?

While it is great that it does not go for the formulaic Hollywood romance story, Like Crazy unfortunately loses its appeal when it starts to feel like it is going round and round in circles and then all over a sudden it comes to an abrupt halt.

I wanted to be crazy about this film but I fell out of love with it as it went on. It had flashes of being as fabulous as (500) Days of Summer but unfortunately it never reaches those heights.

Like Crazy is in Irish cinemas now

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

 

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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