[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…
Kyle Chandler, at it again being the best. Seriously. He's one of the best in the business right now.
Quality romantic film. This movie is very thoughtful and I enjoyed watching the on screen chemistry between Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. However, there were some key elements to this movie that were missing for me. The conflict between Aimee (Shailene Woodley) and her mother who is holding her back is only talked about and referred to. I feel like for that to impact the film in a more meaningful way we as an audience needed to see scenes of their family struggles to fully grasp her problems. Also a side note, Sutter's (Miles Teller) friend Ricky (Masam Holden) was a strange choice for that role and I didn't believe for a second that those two could ever actually be friends. Overall still a quality movie and Sutter's inner struggles with his identity and his family issues were arguably the strongest parts of this film.
So many emotions watching this movie, it literally got it perfectly, the mind of a high schooler and how we act, think, get heartbroken, its so honest and beautifully made. I loved this movie. The story and character development of Miles Teller was beautifully done and everyone in this movie feels like a real character. The two leads are polar opposites and yet they are perfect for each other. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley have amazing chemistry. It was so relatable and it's the best well made coming of age film I have seen.
Die Idee, einen Coming-of-Age-Film mit einer Alkoholismus-Geschichte zu kombinieren, war vielversprechend. Leider wird Alkoholismus dann aber nur als Dummer-Jungen-Streich dargestellt. Außerdem leidet der Film massiv darunter, dass Miles "what's his face" Teller die Hauptrolle spielt ...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's a shame we wasn't shown how Aimee introduced Sutter to her new black and muscular, big and responsible boyfriend at the end.
This was a really nice surprise
I'm not entirely sure why this hit so damn hard on a second viewing. Maybe it's because I feel like I'm spinning my wheels a bit, lately.
What I do know is that Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley give two of the most effortlessly authentic performances I've seen in years as two people that just can't be together.
But dammit, do we want them to. Because we see those highest of highs when they're at their best. But, like the fulcrum of alcohol abuse in general, those lows are equally significant.
A properly brilliant teen movie that confirms what we all know now post-Whiplash: Miles Teller is a star.
It's a mystery as to why this has only just premiered in the UK (and to rub salt in the wounds, it swerved cinemas and went straight to TV!).
"My name is Sutter Keely and I’m 18 years old. Compared to other kids, I haven't had that many hardships. Not really. You know. Shit’s happened. Stuff’s happened, sure, but stuff always happens, right? But the real challenge in my life, the real hardship, is me. It’s always been me. As long as I can remember, I’ve never not been afraid. Afraid of failure. Of letting people down. Hurting people. Getting hurt. I thought if I kept my guard up and focused on other things, other people… If I couldn’t even feel, well, then no harm would come to me. I screwed up. Not only did I shut out the pain, I shut out everything. The good and the bad.…
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…