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 Good: Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are absolutely perfect in this. I can't imagine anyone else as Sutter and Aimee. They both breathe life into their characters, infusing their performances with loads of charm and personality. Their chemistry is so spot-on, I could just watch them talk all day. Two of the finest performances of the year. Wonderful supporting turns from Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brie Larson, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Fantastic screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the duo responsible for the 2009 indie hit (500) Days of Summer. Near-perfect balance of comedy and drama. Everything is believable and naturalistic, from the lack of makeup right down to…
Another indie-ish coming-of-age film from 2013. Unlike The Kings of Summer, there's no strange mix of tones in this one; this is a more conventional film with a single, more defined tone that makes for a less original but more cohesive end result. The film doesn't try to reinvent the wheel in any regard, in fact it could be argued that it features a fair amount of clichés and flat characters (even the main character's evolution isn't all that convincing to me), but it's engaging and touching thanks to the great performances. And I like the open ending. An indulgent, pleasant film that however won't change anyone's life.
Schöner Film übers Erwachsen werden und Beziehungen.
Schauspieler sind alle aus ähnlichen Filmen bekannt und spielen gut.
A coming-of-age film that pitches to a slightly older audience than the usual tween market, the reason, I suspect, that it has found a better critical reception in the saturated genre.
The Spectacular Now sits in an awkward middle ground for me, not the cathartic experience I hoped for an yet a film which I still found enjoyable, if a little shallow.
The main catharsis of the film relies on a contrived university entrance essay to provide the main character with a voice over filling in the gaps that we never got to truly witness on screen. Similarly the drama just when it feels like it is approaching the climax, drops away, the climax having already occurred, but without feeling…
Not really the sort of thing I do full reviews on, and it was the first film I've watched with my 20 day old daughter asleep on my chest which added a lot of extra stuff to a movie about kids and parents and choices anyway so i'm not sure just how much of the stuff that hit me was the film anyway so I wont go into depth.
Like everyone has said there are two excellent central performances and it lays bear a lot of teen movie stuff. not neccesarily replacing it with reality as it's lived but laying it bare all the same and doing so with naturalism and emotional honesty and at least some rigour. It takes…
This movie was great. It exceeded my expectations and created a great image for the book. Before I saw the movie, I read the book and really fell in love with the nontraditional love story plot. I not only loved the movie for the story it told, but for how it was presented on film. The whole film was based around a muted pastel temperature that really created an easy going vibe. Also, I really felt that the choice of actors were perfect, especially the main charter Sutter. Miles Teller plays the part of Sutter in a way nobody but him could really pull off. They way he looks and portrays Sutter's "life of the party" attitude, really helped the movie become what it is today. Overall, I recommend watching this movie and reading the book because it is a fun story to be apart of.
il finale hipster mi disturba ma è bello anche la seconda volta
"The best Part of now is, ther will ever be another."
"The Spectacular Now" ist eine Coming of Age Dramödie, die es erstaunlich gut schafft die stereotypischen Klischees des Genres zu umgehen.
Zusammen mit den unaufgeregten Bildern wirkt der Film angenehm nah und persönlich.
I had heard great things about The Spectacular Now for some time and knew I'd eventually get to it and tonight I finally did.
The performances from Miles Teller as Sutter and Shailene Woodley as Aimee were strong even if lacking depth and at times leaving me wanting more from their characters.
I had two problems with the film that kept me from loving it.
The first being the fact that this 17 year old high school student drinks the entire film and it's never addressed as a problem at any point not even when something near tragic occurs.
My other issue is we don't get any significant story from Aimee (Woodley) and why she is the way she is…
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