I know I’ve been MIA for a while now, and that seems to be pretty commonplace around here lately. So for those of you who are still reading my posts and commenting – thank you. This is not a post about books because quite honestly I have not read one full book since 2015 started. I just don’t have much motivation to read and I’ve been spending my time doing other things, like numbing my brain through hours of television watching. So this post kind of relates to that, because I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for a while and I finally got around to it, and I know I never do movie reviews here but I just thought “why not?”. Honestly it’ll be a miracle if this review is even coherent because I think my brain has melted away since this year started.
Like Crazy / 2011 / Starring: Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones / Director: Drake Doremus
A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
So I tweeted about this movie shortly after I watched it.
If I were feeling particularly lazy I could probably just leave it at that and let you figure out the rest. Because that’s basically how I felt about the whole thing – on one hand I really liked it, but at the same time I kind of hated it. The story follows Anna, a British girl who studied in the States, and Jacob, the guy she fell in live with while living in LA. Anna is supposed to go back to England when her student visa expires, but she ends up staying longer, causing her to be banned from the US.
This is the first thing I’ve ever seen Felicity Jones in, and I think she was stellar. She seemed a realistic portrayal of someone going through everything she was going through. Her acting never seemed whiny or like she was trying too hard. She just naturally fit that character. Her ability to wear a lot of dark eyeliner while maintaining a soft, not-goth appearance was quite the feat. Also, she had this one grey sweater that just looked so soft and comfy and yet would still be acceptable to wear in public – excellent choice, wardrobe staff.
a peek at the glorious sweater
Anton Yelchin was also good in his role, but I didn’t feel very attached to his character. I did feel attached to Anna and Jacob as a couple, but when they were separated Jacob lost some of his appeal for me. Nevertheless I thought the acting overall was pretty favourable. Seeing Jennifer Lawrence in there was interesting, because even though this movie is only 4 years old it seems like she’s changed so much. I felt bad for her character, but at the same time I was rooting for Anna.
As for my complaints about the pacing – the whole thing just seemed very off. The meeting/falling in love part of the movie was very quick and felt rushed. There was a lot of cute indie-hipster time-lapse footage that I think was supposed to convey the progression of their relationship, but it didn’t quite work. Only when Anna and Jacob were living on different continents did I actually feel the depth of their relationship. The arguments they have, the struggles they face – those seemed much more realistic than the way their relationship started.
Possibly my favourite part of the movie was that Anna is obsessed with Paul Simon’s Graceland album, which as you probably know I am also obsessed with. They played Crazy Love Vol. II in a bunch of the scenes and it made the movie 100 times better.
Finally, the ending. I have to say that I, like many other people who have watched this movie, was very unhappy with the ending. I know that it’s supposed to leave it to the audience’s imagination, but there were too many loose ends for my liking. It seemed like the movie just cut off by accident, like they didn’t finish it in time so they just decided to release it without a proper ending. However, I saw something on Tumblr that is apparently what the director has said about the ending of the movie that makes me a little less upset:
“The relationship is never fully on and never fully off. I feel at the end, without giving too much away, it’s not an ending, it’s a beginning of sorts. At the same time, it’s gray. In a way, they’ll never be able to shake each other off for the rest of their lives. They’ll always be a part of each other, no matter what they do or who they get with, whether they’re with each other or not. That sort of frames that feeling of helplessness, of not understanding fully what it is, which is sort of the most heartbreaking thing.”
— Director on the ending of ‘Like Crazy’
Overall I did enjoy Like Crazy. The pacing was annoying and the ending sucked (wow, there’s some first-rate reviewing) but it was a cute enough story. And I’ll definitely be looking for more movies with Felicity Jones.