My favorite IMDB trivia for this film is that Jamie Foxx was watching the monitor on the first day of filming and, upon seeing Jon Hamm, said "oh he handsome." It's a highly relatable sentiment.
The first time I watched this I was on a plane to England, it was August of 2016, I liked movies but had little interest in those released prior to 1964 probably, I barely knew who Frank Sinatra was and did not care at all about jazz.
I loved this movie anyway.
Now, after rewatching it as a person who cares immensely about Frank Sinatra and jazz and classic films, I love it even more.
The best love story, the best romance, the best love letter to the greatest city.
Since the election I've been thinking a lot about my identity as a Jewish person. This film perfectly encapsulates the struggle of the white Jewish American in deciding whether or not to openly claim their Jewish identity. We have the ability to blend into white Christian places without being seen as an other. Even though anti-Semitism remains prominent in America, and the world, many Jews have the ability to blend into the background, a luxury that other oppressed people don't have. This film deals with this crisis perfectly through Adam Driver's character.
Can't believe that three movies in a row made me super emotional!