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…
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…
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…
It looks like we have another teen romance movie on our hands.
Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is a typical hard partying student. He's a high school senior who acts like nothing really matters and doesn't care much about anything. All that changes when he meets Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley). She's the "nice girl", the inexperienced girl; pretty much the exact opposite of Sutter. All Sutter wants to do is stay in the same spot for the foreseeable future and not do anything productive. Aimee has goals and dreams that she wants to achieve. She wants to move to Philadelphia and make a life for herself in the city. After a while, these plans begin to include Sutter, because the more…
Σε τι κόσμο μεγαλώνουν τα παιδιά τους στο Αμέρικα Νίκο Τσιαμτσίκα?Και όχι στο New York ή στο LA,αλλά στα κωλοχώρια στη μέση του πουθενά.Που από τα 18 τους μπεκρουλιάζουν και γαμιόσαντε, σα δε ντρέπονται Νίκο μου.Και διαλύουν τα σπίτια τους Νίκο μου. Και που γυρίζουν όμως ωραίες ταινίες ενηλικίωσης σαν κι αυτήν, που ξεφεύγει αρκετά από την πεπατημένη του είδους, γιατί έχει μια από τις ωραιότερες-εντιμότερες-πειστικότερες ερωτικές ιστορίες της τελευταίας σοδειάς.Και μια straight to the point -που λένε και στο χωριό μου- συνάντηση πατέρα-γιου.Ωραίο.
I started to watch this movie and I was not really sure what to expect of it. It turns out to be a nice, positive and refreshing view about High School years. Well done.
What I love about this film is how raw it comes through the screen. Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller were a natural here - as a duo and in their individual portrayals. And I also loved the epic unforgettable line: "It's fine to live in the now. But the best thing about now is that there's another one tomorrow."
I think the film was successful in touching the essential parts of its plot on the spot, and in building up the point or tension that I think this film was seeking to build. Thumbs up.
This film made me happy. Not just because of the story, which was excellent. Not even because of the acting, which was stellar. No, this film made me happy because it brought me back to my own high school years. This film really captures what those years we're like for a lot of people. And it feels as if there are no cameras present, it really adds to the authentic, lived in world being created. I am a sucker for coming of age films, and this may be my favorite yet. Recommended.
After reflecting on how a particularly trite scene unfolds, along with a lackluster final act, I've reduced this from 4 stars to 3.5 stars. Still a great date movie, just not necessarily a great movie.
This movie has it's SPECTACULAR moments and it's wonders, young audiences should watch this movie because it's about young love at such young age. this movie is a beautiful and moving Project that it's not a shame of what it is trying to pull off.
While there are some moments that are of unfortunate contrivance, such as the rote and predictable subplot between Sutter and his alcoholic dad, as well as his questionable motivation in him hooking up with Aimee, The Spectacular Now delivers with a layer of brilliance and intrigue. The film brings an similar take on alcoholism as much as Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend where the film challenges you to understand our hero's plight and why they drink. Miles Teller plays Sutter, set up to be unlikeable and ignorant of the missing memories he had in the past. We see his character develop some humanity as he meets Aimee and so Teller's presence maintains the character's witty charm and honesty. A demonstration…
Yeah, I'm definitely a lot less enthusiastic about this movie as most people were. But that being said, it is still a decent film with a bit to offer. I really appreciate the honesty that the film brings to the table. The whole thing feels very real in how it presents the ups and downs of teenage life. Add to that some terrific performances and the result should be great, but the problem is that I never felt a connection to any of these characters, particularly the protagonist, Sutter. I never felt like these characters were really growing throughout, and there really wasn't a whole lot to them for me to latch onto. Still, though, The Spectacular Now is one that I'm glad I saw, but I wish was a little bit better.
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