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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?
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 want more teen films like this.
Real. A very real and honest movie that captures High School students and romance really well.
Cicatrices y manchas en los rostros de los enamorados de preparatoria de The Spectacular Now crean una emblemática semblanza de lo que es la adolescencia de una manera honesta y real, algo que muchísimas películas americanas sobre jóvenes habían perdido, esas cicatrices y las experiencias pagan con buenos resultados en la oferta de director James Ponsoldt para devolver a las películas adolescentes alguna semejanza de realidad.
Hábilmente adaptada de la novela de Tim Tharp, evocadoramente filmada en los barrios de a clase obrera de Atenas, Ga., y justamente interpretada por Miles Teller y Shailene Woodley, esta oda agridulce al momento del final de la niñez se cuece lentamente para lograr un final concordante y bien hecho.
El trabajo del guion…
Ļoti neviendabīga jauniešfilma - pludenas un diktam jaukas ainas mijas ar stipri paredzamiem un neveikliem brīžiem. Forša Shailene Woodley (lai arī bija grūti noticēt tik skaistai "nepopulārajai meitenei", bet ne jau tā aktrises vaina).
I seem to have a knack for watching movies that affect me on a deeply personal level recently, and The Spectacular Now is definitely one for that list. I am emotionally drained after that movie, and the memories it dredged up. Yet again, I find myself unable to properly review a film due to the emotions and memories it has (re)invoked in me.
Teller and Woodley are fun to watch together, rest of the film isn't.
Popular, kind, reasonably bright boy mucks about and doesn't take things seriously until he realises that his life isn't going anywhere. Roll credits.
One of the best coming of age movies of the the 21st century.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…