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…
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…
"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…
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…
''If I were your father, I guess this would be the part where I give you a lecture about what you're doing with yourself.''
I had heard some rumblings about this film. They said that Miles Teller is a bright and shining beacon, Brie Larson is not in it enough and that this was going to be this years The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Those rumblings bounced me all the way to the bank here, because film charmed the absolute pants off me. Note perfect in all areas; from the razor script, the healthy array of talent dotted throughout (Larsen, Chandler and Odenkirk to name a few), in the way it brings the truth and lays it all out…
Rara. Intento fallido de ¿plagiar? «El indomable Will Hunting». Entretenida, eso sí.
I watched it now. Not spectacular.
(I did like the part where he drunkenly swerved to avoid a car after she told him she loved him....and then made her get out of his car on the side of the highway at night....oh, and then she GOT HIT BY A TRUCK!)
The Spectacular Now is an earnest film that doesn't overdo it, providing challenging life lessons to fully formed, complex, believable characters. It doesn't sugarcoat the heartache and harsh reality out there for vulnerable teens. It's a charming romance tied up with an insightful character study of one young man hiding his sadness and anxiety of life's disappointments with humor and booze.
The ending aims for ambiguity but is far more hopeful than its source material. I was charmed thoroughly by this film and its lead characters but even more I was thoroughly engaged in their dilemmas, moved by their struggles, and encouraged by their perseverance and growth.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I decided to watch the 2013 Sundance hit "The Spectacular Now" starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley; and to my amazement, it’s more than just the romance between two 'divergent' (see what I did there) teenagers that made me love it. It’s an endearing coming-of-age film that deserves much more credit on its layered storytelling about the urgency of youth. It shines on its deep portrayal of teenagers; and its natural beauty unfolding onscreen is truly spectacular to behold.
An ordinary love story made extraordinary by its narrative maturity and genuine acting, THE SPECTACULAR NOW is one of the best (and if I may add) and 'special' coming-of-age dramas I've seen. At face value,…
Really enjoyed this film but its ending left be troubled for a week and I'm not sure if that was the intention. You decide.
Still enjoyable and impressive on the second go-round. I love that each character does not dominate or completely change the other. Too often we see a female "tame" a wild male, or perhaps something opposite or similar from another gender perspective. So its nice to see that two people that are flawed but when together, they both change and rub off on each other. Whether they are improved or not remains to be seen, but the journey is intriguing nonetheless.
A bit melodramatic, but ultimately a solid take on the bittersweet transition into adulthood.
Miles Teller is a great actor! Nice story.
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