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…
What's the message here? Drink and drive and be an asshole and if you're good looking everything will work out in the end?
it's not a movie that "got a message so strong that is going to stay with me for many years" but I enjoyed the movie overall, both performances and the message.
One of the things I also liked about it was that everything appeared to be real - what Miles and Shailene had been through in their relationship and families.
And once again Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber proved that just like 500 days of Summer, a movie doesn't have to have a "lived happily ever after" to be a happy and satisfying ending.
Besides Garden State, The Spectacular Now is the only movie I could watch literally every day.
Here is a film that makes you wonder if your ready to grow up until you realize that you have just met the one. Everybody has got that feeling and this film really shows it.
Miles Teller is your typical high school party kind of guy. He plays Stutter Keeley who thinks he has it all until he meets Aimee Finicky. She is your typical nice girl who doesn't come along that often. When we see the two meet we wonder if they are meant to be together. They seem good and help one another as Stutter learns to go with the relationship he has with his family and Aimee learning to follow her dreams and not be held back.…
This movie was not what I expected. This is no ordinary romantic drama. So many good questions, so many real situations, so many great lines and such great performances. A lot of movies, I don't believe for a second "that two teenagers would talk this way", but in this I was all in. So many great themes and discussion points packed into one movie, I was immersed in this one from the beginning.
The Spectacular Now shows the absolute pain and realism of youthful ignorance. I've never seen a movie that shows what relationships are really like. It gets rid of the glamor, throws out cool one liners, and reinstates the reality behind uncomfortable first impressions. The characters, in my book, are really people. Amy is the embodiment of a sacrificial character. She loves Sutter even with his destructive drinking habit, even when he looks at other girls, and even when he yells at her. Her love is at its peak in the crash sequence, when after a near-collision, she turns to Sutter and says, "Are you okay?" He realizes in this moment that she loves him more than he could ever deserve…
Great acting from the leads.
Wow, this movie. It had such a cliff hanger to it. This movie is heart-wrenching and beautiful. Really good acting by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley make this movie work. You feel a connection and cheer for the two main characters. This movie proves that Nicholas Sparks shouldn't be the only source for romantic movies. This original story was better than the one Sparks movie I saw (Dear John) If this movie slipped (like it did mine,) I'd give it an honest look because this movie deserves that look.
The chemistry between the two leads is enthralling. The natural dialogue and performances made for something that felt real.
The Spectacular Now gets extra points simply for being a Hollywood movie that properly shows how high school actually is. It felt even too real, at times. I wasn't watching actors anymore. I was re-living parts of my own high school experience. They really did nail that kind of atmosphere and made a memorable movie out of it.
I loved it. One of my favorite coming of age films.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…