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
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…
It's a strong piece. Well written, acted, directed, shot and edited. Just too old to really connect with the YA stuff anymore.
This movie will mess with you. But in a weird way that is almost good for you.
I watched this only for Shailene Woodley and it delivered what was expected, though it was nonetheless engaging enough to watch the entirety due to a pleasant surprise in Miles Teller who seems to be on the rise.
The Spectacular Now doesn’t quite fit together well as a film. It has some brilliant components - the cinematography, casting, and locations are all excellent; it’s a good-looking film that creates an evocative vision of suburban lower middle class high school life in Georgia. But the plot, which centres on a miscreant teenager who’s constantly drinking hard liquor, doesn’t really work. The protagonist, played by Miles Teller from the Footloose remake, is mostly believable as a friendly, ambitionless kid mostly concerned with getting laid.
What’s not believable is why he would carry around a hip flask full of whiskey and drink copiously from it in literally every scene. It feels like a behaviour grafted onto the character to give him…
Someone recommended that I see this teen romantic dramedy that I was unable to see during its initial release just a year ago. I'm glad I did. Miles Teller and Shaleine Woodley actually make a cute, perfectly nice on-screen couple in this film that's actually darker and more serious than its reputation suggests. The film handles its humorous, sweet and romantic content and its dark and serious content quite well. It falters a bit on the third act but manages to stick its landing so to speak. The film mostly avoids the pitfalls that often come with this sort of material.
Maybe I'm sentimental, but I really liked this movie. Shailene Woodley really cemented her place as the future of Hollywood, and I think Miles Teller has a lot of potential, as well. The real stand out, though, was Kyle Chandler, who's short but haunting performance was something that made me feel really bad while watching it, and stuck with me long after.
One of the things I love most about cinema as a medium is the fact that we are able to explore all aspects of human nature. Through the creativity of writers, directors and actors, we can see all manner of settings, scenarios and characters that demonstrate the full breadth of human experience. What attracts me most however, is the ability to show unheroic protagonists.
To expand on what I mean by unheroic protagonists, I mean characters who are just like you or me, but placed in to situations where they are capable of doing evil, or are forced to do evil.
'Ex Drummer' showed us a sycophantic author who used his position to manipulate people who existed in the lowest…
My film of 2013 (I think, I'm awful at ranking things).
Great script, really well shot, star making performance from Miles Teller.
Surprisingly affecting. Very honest. Good pace and tone. Great casting. Even my wife, who pretty much hates all things "YA" was "sucked in" to it. She won't admit that she liked it, but she wasn't able to pull herself away to go to bed until she saw it through.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
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