[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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?
The Spectacular Now is that feeling you have when you’re standing on the edge of a cliff and you don’t know if you’ll…
There was not a single scene that I believed Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, nor any other young actor to be a high-schooler in this movie. I think that pulled me out of the movie experience. That being said, the actors are very good at expressing their different personalities and different emotions they go through.
Overall, the whole concept of the movie didn't click with me at all. I was expecting some kind of new and original twist to come around, and even though in the end one almost happened, the flick decided to play safe until the last frame.
I just wish they would have cast some younger talent.
One last thing, don't you hate Sutter? Why are we supposed to root for him when he is such a bad influence on Aimee whist using her a booty call? I can't admire a character like this.
Too much drunk driving
Back in my day this would've starred a fresh-faced John Cusack and would've been far less dull and earnest.
You know...people can Say Anything, but it's a Sure Thing teen movies ain't what they used to be. Or maybe I'm just too old for this shit?
The Spectacular Now packs maturity rarely seen in adult dramas, let alone in movies about teenagers. And it couldn't have ended better.
An incredibly well written script brought to live by two exceptionally talented leads.
Maybe the best high school coming-of-age film ever tbh
Maybe if I was a 12 y.o. girl I'd like this. I'm not, and I don't.
Throughout this movie I was thinking, "Right, so when does Shailene Woodley get cancer?" before realising that was a different movie.
Erm.. can someone explain to me what I'm missing here? Because, I am missing something right? I'm seeing all these 4 or 5 star reviews and I'm thinking about how I wasn't emotionally touched by this film in any way. I wish I could have liked this movie but it just makes me feel weird.
Complete list. :-(
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…