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…
Rarely falls to the average teen movie tropes. I was really impressed with how the director went about it. A lot of great moments, and the score is really inventive and fun.
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How to almost destroy a great movie with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Maybe an overstatement but that's exactly how I felt by the end of Spectacular Now. Rarely do I find a movie that does so many things right just to go straight downhill in just a few scenes. More specifically, the exact moment where this film descends into low brow coming of age romance flick is when Aimee gets hit by a car, from out of nowhere, for pure shock and without any great implication on the overall plot. Actually, there's absolutely no point for that scene to exist at all. If you've seen the movie, you'll notice how the only consequences we get from that sequence…
I think this is the first teen movie I've seen in a long time that I've felt is actually populated by real teenagers, not caricatures or stereotypes. I knew these kids. We WERE these kids.
Bit close to home.
Meh. This story felt incomplete to me. Also, alcoholism as an addiction was not treated in any real way for me to take the story seriously. The ending was ridiculous, too.
Damn. What performances by Teller and Woodley. Got damn
A great modern dramedy highlighted by two rapidly rising talents. Let's hope they continue to find at least some time for great projects worthy of that projectable talent.
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The film is quite cute even though I don't really like the 2 main actors. The story is nothing new or really amazing but it's good overall. Aimee is cute and innocent while Sutter is unsure about himself and his life. Life happens, they met and help each other to stand up for what they want. Sutter found himself and his love in the end. Worth a watch anyway.
Damn, Brie Larson, how you gon' play a high school senior one year and damn mother in her late 20s the next? Anyway, rather than completely subvert coming-of-age, rom-com, John Hughes-type cliches and conventions, the film does one better by delivering them with a more organic twist.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.