Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
The Spectacular Now
From the Writers of (500) Days of Summer
A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."
2013 seems to be the year of the coming of age film. First Mud, then The Kings of Summer and finally I had the pleasure of allowing the nostalgic honesty and painful recognition of The Spectacular Now wash over me. And of the three it is my favourite.
When I was about protagonist Sutter's age, life was complex and pretty tough for me. I sort of lived by an 'it's better to burn out than to fade away' mentality. At that age, not knowing where you're going isn't that big of a problem, not seeing anything worth going towards is awful. It's not that I recognised anything in Sutter's character or situation, but his plight and outlook on life and…
The best thing about now is that there's one tomorrow.
I wasn't too eager to believe that The Spectacular Now managed to capture real high school environments, characters, and most importantly, romance.
Capturing those three things seems to be something that Hollywood just can't do. With the way they clumsily and sloppily handle the lives of teens on screen you would almost think they are searching for the fucking Holy Grail. Like they are observing foreign people in a foreign land. Even some of Hollywoods best outings at capturing teen life still unfortunately succumb to stupid pitfalls and romanticization.
Teenagers aren't always special little snowflakes. They aren't always 100% self aware or junior philosophers trying to wade through people who…
Life changes drastically for a person who loses a loved one. Be it parting by way of death or separation, from a lover, a soul mate or from a parent, it is a loss that is irrevocable and has a telling effect on the person's perception of life, of the people around him and most importantly his approach and interpretation of love itself. The potency of the consequence that losing in love brings to a person can be evaluated based on when it happens in a person's life time. Fortunately or unfortunately if it occurs at a very young age, time and memory heal the scars very soon. If it occurs at middle or old age, the efficacy of the…
Totally get why everybody I know only has positive things to say about this movie. Really nice performances by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley (more on them in a sec), sensitive, solid direction by James Ponsoldt, a familiar story that somehow seems fresh and new...
So what's holding back that extra half (or full) star I'd love to tack on? I guess what lingers for me is Teller's extremely rushed epiphany and Woodley's Aimee being too much of a cypher. She may be "the film’s true lynchpin," as Scott Tobias put it, but her need for Sutter's approbation and affection -- how her will is consistently suppressed -- doesn't necessarily make her a great dramatic character, even if it all…
The Spectacular Now gets it. It gets the heartbreak, it gets the disillusion, it gets the lifestyle, it gets the emotion, it gets the tragedy; wonderfully honest, beautiful, and unbearably tragic, The Spectacular Now is one of the finest films ever made about 'teenagers.'
However, this isn't a surface level teen movie. Sure, there's a prom scene and some cliche discussions, but the film is about so much more. It just feels so goddamn real in every aspect. The subtle direction, the slight use of makeup, the way the story unfolds, the screenplay; It all culminates in a work that feels raw, personal, and yet utterly engrossing.
Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. Holy shit. Their chemistry is so electrifying that…
"I want - I want more than a moment. I want the future."
I turned nineteen a few days ago. I guess I know what I’m doing with my life – go to university, become something, get married – but does it ever get easier? Do you ever stop second-guessing yourself, wondering if you’re going to accomplish anything at all? Or do you always remain the same person you were when you graduated high school: scared and exultant and fully aware of the fact that yes, you have your whole fucking life ahead of you right now?
What if I waste all this time I’ve got? What if I never find anyone special, what if nobody finds me special? All…
Three things: I didn't like Shailene Woodley. I had pretty low expectations for this film. I tried reading the book but I couldn't get on with it.
But I still decided to watch this, mostly because there seems to be a lot of hype around Miles Teller.
And surprisingly, it was okay. A little more than okay. It was quite good. It wasn't cheesy drivel like I thought it would be, and I don't dislike Shailene Woodley as much now, in fact, I've realized she's a pretty decent actress. And Miles Teller, ah. Now I understand.
Spectacular Now isn't just a love story. It feels real. It feels like you're watching a story about real people with real problems, which…
A numb movie to me... But not my favourite
I really love this film.
It feels so authentic. There's not a whole lot of movie makeup going on, so that makes you connect a little better with the characters. The dialogue feels real; not improvised real (although I'm sure there's some of that), but real meaning that this is how people talk. It's not flashy. It's quite muted. There are several key scenes throughout the film that have nothing more than a soft, ambient score in the background. And I absolutely love the scene at the party when Sutter and Aimee are walking in the woods. It's a perfect example of flawed, imperfect, organic filmmaking. The camerawork isn't perfect, you can tell at certain points when the camera is…
In lesser hands this would have been MOW awful. Here it's freaking sublime. Miles Teller will recover from FF because the kid is genuinely incredible. I liked this movie way more than I probably should have.
This movie caught me off guard the first time I saw it. There's something about the opening, before the title card; it's full of life and Miles Teller's enthusiastic narration perfectly captures the euphoria of those last moments of high school. The way everyone you grew up with suddenly become friends as you party and celebrate together before heading off into adult life, probably never to speak to most of them ever again. It's also a succinct portrayal of Sutter's aimlessness and alcoholism; the signs of a young man who has everything he needs to succeed as a teenager, but who is completely unprepared for what lies ahead.
I feel like this movie is very comfortable in its own skin.…
Why is Miles in every single shot?! The audience should take a rest from watching the main character's face in any movie, IMHO.
I haven't watched this in like a year but I'm sitting in my room right now at 5:30 am and just getting really sad about everything and this movie isn't helping. I love it though
Touching, funny and thoroughly believable teenage drama.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…