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…
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?
What if I waste all this time I’ve got? What if I never find anyone special, what if nobody finds me special? All…
I liked that this movie portrays a fairly realistic picture of being a teenager in this day and age. Shailene Woodley is particularly good, in my opinion. The estranged deadbeat dad story feels a little clichéd, but I enjoyed the rest of the movie.
Miles Teller has the most infuriatingly revulsive face of all time. Watch it if you wanna feel real angry. This movie will surely be to blame for a future generation of serial murderers--driven to kill by the baying screech that is Miles Teller's voice. I really wish I was exaggerating.
Surprisingly emotional while retaining a consistent sense of humour, and two very respectable performances from Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. A touching little film, easily worth the watch.
The best movie about this age group since Say Anything. Shailene Woodley is absolutely charming.
I totally expected this to be an overrated teen comedy that I've seen done hundreds of times. It has it's cliché moments but it is any ting but cliché by the time the credits roll. Fantastic acting, brilliant directing, great soundtrack, this film was a huge surprise to me.
Written in Dutch. Copied from my website: www.robcoenen.eu/
Allereerst even een dingetje. Ja, ik weet dat dit een romantische film is. En ja ik weet dat de synopsis erg cliché klinkt. Maar niet iedere romantische komedie / drama is als een film die vertoond wordt op een woensdagavond op RTL5. Maar fine. Het verhaal klinkt cliché, maar de uitwerking is sterk gedaan. Wederom worden hier 3 sterke rollen neergezet waaronder die van Miles Teller (waarvan ik door Project X geen fan van was, maar door Whiplash dan weer wel), Shailene Woodley (waarvan ik ook weer het beeld van Tris voor mij had), en Brie Larson (die dit jaar een Oscar nominatie gaat pakken voor de film ‘Room‘. Mark my words!)…
Boy, did this film hit me straight up. I didn't realize how much I missed my teenage years before I watched this film. With two rising stars that had performances that I immensely enjoyed (The Descendants and Footloose) Shailene Woodley (Aimee) and Miles Teller (Sutter) give fantastic performances that are true-to-life, as well as the storytelling, which is never manipulative, unsubtle or sentimental nor does it drag. Everything is handled in a delicate manner and the scene where Sutter and Aimee make love for the first time, to me, it hit straight home. The supporting cast are also impressive, including Brie Larson (who should be a star by now), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (who I'm in lesbians with), Jennifer Jason Leigh…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…