[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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?
The Spectacular Now is that feeling you have when you’re standing on the edge of a cliff and you don’t know if you’ll…
Well enough made but I wasn't a fan of the movie.
SAW: at the SGT
The Spectacular Now is what happens when you give two great actors a great script under direction from one of cinema’s next greats. A heartbreaking piece detailing the tainted struggles of adolescence.
. A harrowing, emotional and nuanced deconstruction of both the "party boy" and the "girl next door" character archetypes, as well as a surprisingly multi-dimensional portrait into the life of an addict. These characters feel so realistic, fleshed-out and raw that I feel like I know them in real life. For once the eighteen year olds finally speak like eighteen year olds, not pretentious wordsmiths or sex-crazed toddlers. Never have I felt so much sympathy for a character type that I usually feel so much hatred for.
shailene woodley is the queen of young adults
Spoiler alert: I'd get hit with a car for some Miles Teller in my life.
Lovely indie gem. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are deserving of every success they're getting. Brie Larson and Kyle Chandler also get their moments to shine.
[Spoilers ahead] A good movie that could have been a great one, had it trusted its own instincts. It opens with a vibe not unlike the classic John Cusack vehicles THE SURE THING and SAY ANYTHING. But early on it is made clear, very undramatically, that the protagonist is a full-blown alcoholic at the age of 18. Drinking all day long, finding ways to sneak hard liquor in every form imaginable. Then he meets a wonderful young woman, much smarter than he is, and instead of steering him straight, she finds herself receptive to alcohol as well. Then the two of them go together to meet the young man's long lost father, who has adopted a permanent alcoholic lifestyle. A…
this movie has made me feel weird all day
Complete list. :-(
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…