The Spectacular Now
A coming of age story that just isn’t quite like the rest, this film is honest, sincere, sad, relatable, and a good surprise.
Sutter Keeley has a pretty good life; a beautiful, popular girlfriend, and together, they are the life of all the parties. Everyone envies them. Up until she, (Cassidy) dumps him, and Sutter starts drinking more than he used to. One morning as he’s lying in someone’s front yard, passed out from whatever drunk event happened the night before, he’s awakened by Aimee. She knows him, though he doesn’t know her, and she tells him that they go to school together. He’s never noticed her before now. He likes her from the start; but doesn’t think too much of it. He still thinks of Cassidy, still wants her back. He talks to Aimee, takes her out to parties and dinner, even gets her to tutor him in math. Things progress, the two begin falling for each other in different ways. Both have problems at home, issues with their moms, and together deal with their problems and help each other. The movie revolves around the minds of these teenagers, being in high school, experiencing first loves and first times, and is one of the most truthful accounts of that that you’ll ever watch.
Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley deliver phenomenal performances, and the film takes you by surprise by the impact of it all. I personally feel Shailene did best, and I related to her character and just couldn’t get over how well she acted out her character. She played naive, innocent, unknowing, shy, honest; her character held so many characteristics and emotions that I know many other girls have felt in their life, especially in high school and falling in love for the first time. This film might appear slow starting for some people. Its constant use of dialogue was different that what we’d normally see. There wasn’t much pause between conversations, no look at the scenery or terrain, it was just constant talking throughout that you had to give your attention to. By the description of this movie, it may seem cheesy or just another typical, sappy, teen movie, but it really wasn’t. It was painfully honest and real, and the director captured that effect almost perfectly.
My rating was based on how I felt afterwards. It was a good film, but I couldn’t get over how upset and taken aback I was. It made me think, made me sad and I didn’t expect to feel that. This film may not be for everyone, but I think many can relate to it in different ways.
The Spectacular Now broke my heart… but in a good way.
I’ll admit, I’m impressed. Insidious: Chapter 2 turned out better than I expected it to be. I liked it!