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…
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…
''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…
Two of the finest young actors of the decade doing great work.
I'm writing the review for this movie this late, cause' I really wanted to know whether any of the moments,would stay with me after some days as most of the movies that I've seen tends to have some blurry moments in my mind.
So after 2 days and 4 movies, The Spectacular Now still stays in my head.
We are introduced Sutter , filling his college applications .From that scene ,itself we understand what kind of person Sutter is.
A guy so obsessed in living in the now. Sutter is dumped by his girlfriend as she is worried about her future and knowing that she wont have a secure one with Sutter. Sutter ,furious drinks alot and wakes up next…
A lot of cliché moments in this film, which is usually something I don't enjoy, but with a great soundtrack, script, and acting, this movie gets away with the obvious and expected moments. She seems to only have a couple of available parts to her at this point in life, but Woodley has nailed those parts down, and although it's weird seeing Teller and her together in so many films, they seem to work well, playing off each other's expressions in great ways. I also appreciated the ending not feeding you the future, which is perfect, seeing has Teller's character is consistently stuck in the present.
Really enjoyed this movie. Miles Teller would be one of my favorite actors if it wasnt for that damn Divergent series! In all seriousness, Miles Teller is very talented and one of the last movies I've seen of him even though its one of his earliest.
Marketed as a love story between him and Shaileene's character, but really Miles' movie and his development from a kid sheltered and protected by his family and himself in his own way, from the harsh realities of life.
The relationship was more of the side dish to the story of Miles' character. Coming of age is one of my two favorite genres and this one did not dissapoint. Not quite a 5/5 just because it did seem a little predictable but I loved the characters.
Very relatable and beautiful.
This is such a beautiful movie that gets ugly so fast. It makes me lose all hope in humanity and every time I watch it I want to curl up in a fetal-position and weep. I love it a lot.
La montaña de tortas que se merece el protagonista no ha impedido que me haya resultado sorprendentemente tierna.
The Spectacular Now is essentially the "Good Will Hunting" of coming of age films.
Their chemistry. Wow.
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