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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…
i'm still trying to catch up to now. there's a time difference or something between me and now. i thought i was here but i was still in my head. showed up. tried to riff on something. wrote 3 lines and thought i was cool but i should gave me. should have wrote every word. should have said everything i was feeling. you ever drunk and take off for a sprint? i'd recommend it. run till you puke. no edits. just jump in and go. there are no take backzies in the real world. the cool thing about print is you always got a moment before you press that send button. you get to craft a piece but that's artificial.…
Every now and then you stumble upon a film which pulls at every emotion humanly possible. The kind of film which makes you laugh, cry, or even just the gentle hint of a smile. The Spectacular Now managed to achieve that with its simplicity, story telling and great acting.
This isn’t your typical coming-of-age film, oh no, it’s deeper than that. The Spectacular Now is a heart-warming film adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel, it is written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (known for 500 days of Summer). It is oh so delicately directed by James Ponsoldt who did a fantastic job at creating this entire experience for the viewer.
In the beginning, I felt it would follow suit…
Sollte jeder junger Mensch gesehen haben!
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A little more drama than comedy, though there were definitely funny parts. An intriguing story of a boy and girl in less than convenient circumstances and each of them developing their relationship while sorting though personal struggles. Interesting cinematography, some scenes really just sit on close ups of the characters faces. It makes for interesting dialogue and character development.
Really great romance film that's not cheesy and actually portrays a realistic relationship and characters. Great performances from the entire cast and a really strong story with good direction
This movie is so _______ it hurts:
c) "man pain-y"
e) all of the above
4 stars because love & hope.
that's it, really.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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