Seth and I had the chance to see Like Crazy at Sundance earlier this year (see his review), and we both agreed that it was one of the two or three best films of this year’s crop. It was also the one movie where almost everyone we spoke to during the festival identified in some way with the film. Many people go through those on-again, off-again type relationships, where there’s a sort of burst of magic that eventually fizzles, and you keep returning to the relationship thinking you can recapture it. But almost inevitably, what drove you apart in the the first time rears itself again, and the cycle repeats itself until someone can put a stop to it.
Like Crazy does an exceptional job of simulating that experience on film. Felicity Jones is outstanding in it. Jennifer Lawrence also has a supporting role, but it’s not particularly memorable. My only reservation with the film was in Anton Yelchin, as he’s simply not an actor with which I can invest myself emotionally. I do think he’s a good actor, but as a romantic lead, it’s a tough sell.
Critics are drawing comparisons to Blue Valentine and (500) Days of Summer, because critics apparently need a shorthand to explain a film. It’s not entirely inaccurate, but it’s not accurate, either.
The film hits theaters on October 28th, and for many of you, especially those not to afraid to admit as much, it’s going to be a achy cinematic experience.