Like Crazy (2011)

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of painful romance movies.  Real life isn’t tied up in nice little pretty bows, and relationships and romance aren’t as easy and moronically banal as 90% of rom-coms tell us they are.  Relationships are complicated and painful and often don’t end up in a place where romance is the mitigating factor.  Sometimes, there are absolutely stupid situations dealing with nationalities and immigration and really, it’s the year 2012, can we not move past something so foolish?

Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones) are two people that fall madly in love with one another, yet end up bogged down in bureaucratic details in regards to Anna’s visa.  They have to spend time apart in different countries, yet still love each other deeply.  The relationship becomes strained, first on one side, then the other, and finally well, I’m not going to spoil an ending for you here.  It’s a very real feeling movie in this modern age.

Apparently most of the dialogue was improvised, with Yelchin and Jones having just been given direction (based on autobiographical details) by writer and director Drake Doremus.  It’s not a fast-paced movie by any means, and it feels very hipstery, and I wanted to love it at points, but altogether could just strongly admire the attempt at creating a timeless romance tale..

3.5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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