Drake Doremus’s ‘Like Crazy’ (2011)

This film had so much going for itself-especially when I first saw the trailer a few years ago, I felt like this was going to be a feel-good, beautiful love story that would become an instant favorite. Well, watching it for the first time this morning, only a quarter of those descriptions came true. It wasn’t feel-good. It was beautiful. It wasn’t a great love story. It wasn’t a favorite….at all. anton-yelchin-felicity-jones-like-crazy-image-10-600x337 This film focuses on the lives of two young adults who have extremely complicated feelings. The beginning starts out with their blissful happiness- everything is right in the world, and they’re adorable with their lovey doveyness. A sequence of scenes between Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin) made my heart melt, and it was easy to see their love growing. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Anna and Jacob with her parents (played by Alex Kingston and Oliver Muirhead)-it was lighthearted and fun to watch. Once the conflict started, my feelings for this film seemed to spiral down to a huge pile of mud.
I understand that love isn’t perfect and that not all films have happy endings. What went wrong for me was my growing disliking for the characters. They became selfish, and I questioned whether they were in love or just being greedy. New people entered their lives during their separation, and these new characters, especially Samantha (Jennifer Lawrence), made me root against the “love” they used to have for each other. Maybe I just didn’t get the connection between the main characters, or maybe I wasn’t being open-minded enough, but I cringed when they wanted to get back together. It just didn’t seem right, and I didn’t like the story development. I understood why Anna didn’t want to be with her new beau (played by Charlie Bewley), sure, he was hotter, but he was a…trying to find the right word…douche-bag? Yeah, seems right. But Jacob was kind of a douche bag, too. It’s hard for me to connect with a film when I can’t connect with the characters. I thought Jones’s character was charming and likable, but she made way too many stupid decisions for me to really root for her. There’s a line in true love. There’s being caring on one side, and there’s being clingy on the other. It was tragic how these characters chose to be clingy, because if they had really cared for each other they wouldn’t have gotten in that mess in the first place. *sigh*

“I thought I understood it, that I could grasp it, but I didn’t, not really. Only the smudgeness of it; the pink-slippered, all-containered, semi-precious eagerness of it. I didn’t realize it would sometimes be more than whole, that the wholeness was a rather luxurious idea. Because it’s the halves that halve you in half. I didn’t know, don’t know, about the in-between bits; the gory bits of you, and the gory bits of me.” – Like Crazy (2011)

Pros:

  • Loved the score by Dustin O’ Holloran
  • Beautiful, refreshing cinematography
  • Liked the performances
  • Enjoyed the improvised interactions

Cons:

  • Disliked main characters-no connection
  • Unimpressed by Anton Yelchin
  • Wasn’t sold on their ‘love’
  • Annoyed and disappointed by the story development

Overall Rating: 5/10

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