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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…
James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now is exactly what high school movies are not: real. With incredible performances from Miles Teller, you would have to be a robot to not feel sympathetic to the film's riddled protagonist.
Oh yeah, I cried.
James Ponsoldt qui tape encore une fois dans le mille. Ce n'est pas du tout ce à quoi je m'attendais, mais on y découvre des personnages attachants (avec tout plein de défauts réalistes) et une approche naturelle, autant visuelle que scénaristique. Pas de flafla ou de pirouette dans le récit ce qui donne un ton captivant aux événements.
Une séquence m'a particulièrement choqué par son déroulement déboussolant (si vous avez vu le film, vous n'aurez pas de difficulté à la replacer) qui réussit à rehausser le niveau de réalisme plutôt que de l'annuler. Un exploit plus que frappant. Chaque scène, même les plus courtes, ont un impact via une direction d'acteurs brillante où tous livrent la marchandise en peu de temps et sans dialogues poussifs. Bien sûr, la chimie entre Miles Teller et Shailene Woodley compte pour beaucoup (sans oublier la présence de Brie Larson dans un rôle mineur).
Sharp, honest, and genuine. Falters in the way the hackneyed opening telegraphs the on-the-nose ending, but some incredible and strong performances from Teller and especially Woodley. Has some really insightful things to say about being a teenager and family as well.
Es una película con una trama muy "humana" por así decirlo, que cualquiera se pudiera identificar con ella, es algo fresco, natural y a pesar de tener unos personajes secundarios muy planos que no aportan casi nada a la trama, funciona. En cambio el personaje de Miles Teller está genial, es un personaje que al comienzo de la película es un tanto apático que solo le importa las fiestas, el alcohol y no piensa en su futuro, pero al pasar la película se va descubriendo así mismo capa a capa hasta llegar a su lado más humano, un ser que tiene miedos como cualquier otro, y quizás, eso es lo que me hizo sentirme identificado con él, es una situación por lo que cualquiera pudiera pasar. En fin, una buena película con uno que otro cliché pero que se disfruta por lo que anteriormente mencioné.
Part of my Summer Sixteen challenge
Really did not want to relive my angsty teenage years in such a boring fashion.
Fantastic, yet another coming of age story that truly captures the feeling of love itself, one of the hardest things to depict on film despite being the most recurring theme. With a direction from James Ponsoldt that reminds me a lot of David Gordon Green, combined with a brilliant cast and a great story, The Spectacular Now is one of the most heartfelt films of recent years.
I don't understand how I'm supposed to root for Miles Teller in movies.
Some parts felt slightly phony, but only slightly. That was one of only a few qualms I had throughout. For the most part this film avoided many of the cliches that I hate in teen movies.
Really like Miles Teller in general, and he was great in this. Shailene Woodley however stole the show, playing her character to a tee. I'm not even always a fan of hers, but she was perfect.
A very good movie.
Great direction and performances turn this simple teen romance into something great and natural. Nothing is overdone, nothing is simplified; it takes the characters and their lives and it treats it all with such sincere empathy that we're fully involved in their lives and decisions. What a great cast, too.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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