ANTON YELCHIN FELICITY JONES JENNIFER LAWRENCE
I was so ready to champion a young adult romance film because, honestly, I can’t remember another one that took the genre or subject matter as serious as this film does. Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) has been riding on his breakout status as an actor since he was a young boy holding his own against Anthony Hopkins in Hearts in Atlantis. He has grown up to be a fine actor, giving the performance of his career earlier this year in The Beaver (also with Lawrence). Yelchin and Jones (The Tempest) have great chemistry in the film, although the framing of the script doesn’t allow us to see the substance between the lovers’ relationship; we only see the important parts. Like Crazy was extremely aggravating for me, as this young couple tries so hard to keep their passion alive but make the worst decisions that I fear honestly represent the degradation of society.
It’s rare when a girl makes the first move, but that’s exactly what Anna (Jones) does when she can’t take her eyes off classmate Jacob (Yelchin), who has that trendy, appealing, and unaware look about him. Before the blink of an eye, the two are madly and soulfully in love, threatened by the end of school when Anna’s visa from London will expire. When Anna breaks the agreement of her student visa, she further complicates their struggling, distant relationship. Time and the miles between them begin to take a vigorous toll on the two as they feel themselves being ripped apart and trying to find love with others, only to desperately make another attempt to be together.
There is nothing more annoying to me than a young girl trying so desperately to act like a mature woman. Whether that is Jones’s true personality showing through or her character’s, it personally disgusted me. In one scene, her character even says “I don’t feel very young”, to which she is told “well, you are young”. The first half of this film, directed by 28 year old Drake Doremus, is everything it should be: honest, realistic, and emotionally ripe. The latter half, however, is clogged with constant bad decisions and it’s so difficult to watch these two characters degrade themselves, going back and forth between each other and other lovers, as if it were two perfumes and they couldn’t decide which they preferred.
Like Crazy, which nearly drove me crazy as I watched the events unfold, certainly paints a difficult picture of long distance relationships. For anyone who has ever gone to visit someone long distance, whether family, friend or relationship, this script picks up on those small, sad truths that other films ignore. By the films very abrupt conclusion, it was very difficult to feel anything for these characters, least of all sympathy. This film makes it look so easy to find a relationship in both Los Angeles and London that it nearly offends the singleton’s watching, but by the end certainly makes the single people feel like the smarter crowd.
Final Thought – Conclusively annoying.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Michael Woody