Over two days, my "Movies To See" list is unspooling on The Dissolve. Here's your chance to check them off,…
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…
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…
I very much enjoyed The Spectacular Now, but not for the same reasons as most other reviews I've read. You see, this is not my the story of my adolescence. Far, far from it.
I do not see my life in that of Sutter and Aimee. I live in Australia, where you cannot even drive by yourself til you're eighteen years old. By that point I was well out of high school and I didn't even sit my test until I was nineteen AND a half. We relied on public transport, our own feet and of course Mum and Dad. The type of freedom and apparent detachment from your parents is completely unknown to me. I was reliant on them…
I gotta get a flask.
Though The Spectacular Now beats you over the head with a hip flask, the underlying theme of alcoholism, disappointingly, is never truly addressed.
This sweet little coming of age flick comes dangerously close to being a high school soap opera but it's saved by memorable characters, strong performances and a nice ending.
So this is the prequel to SMASHED, right?
what an awfully unlikable main character. shailene woodley is stunning in this film, though.
Sincere and heartfelt, realistic teen comedy / coming-of-age story the way they do not make them any more that often. Takes a turn from the path one expect around midway. Miles Teller basically channels a young John Cusack but Shailene Woodley is something special and unique.
really enjoyed this and I couldn't even tell you why. a shame the main guy has gone on to shit films because he's really good in this
This was an excellent film! Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller have great chemistry. It's a very heartwarming story and I can't recommend it enough!
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- The Act of Killing
- To the Wonder
- The Dirties
- The Spectacular Now
Dear Letterboxd friends,
I love Letterboxd. I love the concept, the site, the community, the wealth of creativity it brings…