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
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…
''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…
The Good: Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are absolutely perfect in this. I can't imagine anyone else as Sutter and Aimee. They both breathe life into their characters, infusing their performances with loads of charm and personality. Their chemistry is so spot-on, I could just watch them talk all day. Two of the finest performances of the year. Wonderful supporting turns from Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brie Larson, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Fantastic screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the duo responsible for the 2009 indie hit (500) Days of Summer. Near-perfect balance of comedy and drama. Everything is believable and naturalistic, from the lack of makeup right down to…
Making a teen romantic-comedy that doesn't look lusty, stupid, nasty or cliched is among the most difficult things in the world, I always approach those kind of films with caution because from the previous experiences I can guess where the things will eventually go, sadly most of the times it is only 16 year old girls who find those films “sweet” and “lovely”. But The Spectacular Now is a pleasant surprise, it never overlooks its subject, it has some of the best written characters of the year and what makes it even more engaging is its masterfully smooth transition from a typical high school rom-com to a more serious and more settled type of love story, The Spectacular Now is…
This is an absolute masterpiece based on Tim Tharp's novel of the same name. It's a poignant movie about a constantly wasted partier, Sutter Keeley (played beautifully by Miles Teller) and shy, nerdy Aimee Finickey (portrayed well by Shailene Woodley). Sutter and Aimee are the impetuses to each other's character arcs. Sutter teaches Aimee to stand up for herself and be confident, but also introduces her to drinking. Aimee makes him realize that the future exists and that one cannot simply live in the "now." This is one of the rare teen movies that doesn't have perfect characters or a good relationship. It has a real life grittiness to it.
The climax has Sutter having to decide whether to let…
I feel like im out of the loop over the love for this movie. The relationship was terrible and unhealthy and shailene's character was so weird?? no thx
Admittedly, I got a little worried when this movie opened with the main character, played by Miles Teller, recounting the ways his life was amazing, hitting several teen sex comedy tropes, including a wild house party and casual high school fornication.
Thankfully, as the movie progressed, it didn't go in the teen sex comedy direction, but part of what works do well in the Spectacular Now is that it takes a character that very well could have been the lead, in say, American Pie 5: Son of Stifler, and makes him a compelling, fully formed character that you care about and are invested in.
And this is in large part thanks to the work of Miles Teller has to really…
I gave this 4.5 stars the first time, but a re-watch showed me that there is absolutely not one thing wrong with this movie.
I had no idea what I was watching so at the first 2 minutes i thought this was some generic teen comedy about some kid trying to get laid.
The Spectacular Mchhhhh.
Surprisingly good and unexpectedly non-cliche film about family, psychology and (perhaps) young love.
Pretty slow movie... And when did every high school student become a drunk.
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