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…
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 Spectacular Now is much more than the romantic film about a teenage love story, it's a film about self-destruction. Self-destruction that ruins the life of the one who is in a destructive process but the lives of other people around.
Miles Teller plays a selfish guy, who can deeply inside can actually be a great guy but his carelessness about life and his alcohol addiction doesn't let him see the reality of what his true life is. Everybody loves him, he is popular and he can be the perfect friend for anyone but no one really knows that behind that mask he is actually a very sad person.
In my opinion both Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley might be…
I loved this movie but at one point I was sure this is going to turn into Days of Wine and Roses (1962) with teenagers. Shailene Woodley is soooo good I couldn't help myself not to fall in love with Aimee Finecky, Miles Teller is also very good. I think Shailene is much better here than in The Fault in Our Stars, don't get me wrong she is got in #TFIOS to but here she is flawless.
For the most part, it's actually a rather decent romantic comedy for teens, although it's no "Say Anything...".
"What's so great about growing up? I mean, are you happy?"
Bubbles from The Wire and Saul from Breaking Bad are enough of a reason for this movie to peak your interest. I was sold on the trailer for this movie, looking for a thought provoking, feel good teenage angst flick, and I was handed much more. In short, the movie captures a boy by the name of Sutter Keely's final year of high school, struggling to accept that his life must move forward, and battling with several self inadequacies, he essentially falls for the dorky girl next door, who helps him acknowledge what is within his control.
Sutter is the kid from high school that I hated. Always with…
The Spectacular Now is an great coming-of-age movie that inspired myself and it let's me see back at my past but without too much of the alcohol. But there is also a future ahead and i love the way it all works out. Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller are also great in the movie and the script is so good written.
Raw, genuine, and introspective, The Spectacular Now is a well-nuanced coming-of-age tale that has much to offer.
You gotta love Bubbles from THE WIRE as a concerned teacher (I miss you, Bubbles). Beautiful movie, balanced, similar to ALL THE REAL GIRLS minus David Gordon Green's country-schmaltz flair. It reminded me also of YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, a movie I absolutely love for very (very) personal reasons though I think it's far from perfect: the White Trash Dad is a slight mistake on both fronts. This one just started crumbling (probably because the tidy resolutions kept piling up), but it never lost me--its deeply-rooted sense of place is admirable.
A good first half succumbs to the predictable formula and obvious outcome.A poorly cast Kyle Chandler also took me out the film. Teller reminds me of a young Nick Cusack and he gives a decent performance here with Woodley effective without stretching her Bullock-esque persona. Think my Teen will watch this over and over.
This is one of the rare examples of a book’s movie being far better than the book itself. Although I still enjoyed the book and its darkness, Miles and Shailene just brought such a hopefulness and beauty to these characters that you didn’t really see in the book, while still being faithful to the story. I would go as far as to say it’s practically a perfect adaptation in my eyes. While it still breaks your heart in a million ways, it’s the kind of movie that you’ll regret going through your whole life without watching just once.
Surprisingly good. Obviously, we've gotten plenty of these high school coming-of-age stories by this point, but The Spectacular Now is honestly strong because its characters feel so compelling. Shailene Woodley is of course fantastic, one of the best up-and-coming young actors around right now, but I was really surprised by just how good Miles Teller was here. I've always thought of him as a go-to for a douche character in movies, and while he does have that quality here, there's also an underlying sadness to the character that's gradually revealed over the course of the film that Teller does a surprising job with once it comes out. The story also feels like it deals with its themes in a very…
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