Sunday, February 2, 2014

Movie Review: 'The Spectacular Now'

"It's fine to just live in the now, but the best part about 'now' is there's another one tomorrow."

Released: September 13, 2013
Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler
My Rating: ★★★★☆
On Friday night, I went to a screening of The Spectacular Now.  The film is the story of the relationship between party boy Sutter Keely and nice girl Aimee Finicky.  And, I must say that this movie was definitely spectacular.  The story was beautiful, Miles Teller's acting was impressive, and overall, the film was quite unique.

The Spectacular Now is one of the most realistic coming-of-age movies I have ever seen.  It's funny, and sad, and complex, and awkward -- just like our teenage years!

Also, this film is not your typical teen romance where boy meets girl, they fall in love, they argue, they get back together.   There is so much more to this story.   It is much deeper than the average, superficial Hollywood teenage love plot.  

The Spectacular Now depicts the struggles teenagers face, and the hardships they see on a daily basis, like their worries about their futures.  The movie focuses on love and rebellion, and the overwhelming fear of not being good enough,or of becoming a let down to the people you love.  There is also an important emphasis on broken relationships and how they ultimately affect us.  We can all resonate with at least one of these ideas.  The Spectacular Now is deep and realistic.  And, most importantly, the characters are relatable. 

Here are more reasons why I love this film...

Miles Teller's Acting

The Spectacular Now is the first Miles Teller film I have seen.  I know that he stars in the new film That Awkward Moment alongside Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan.  And, he will also play Peter in Divergent, coming out in March, who happens to be Tris Prior's (Shailene Woodley) enemy.  These are two movies I definitely look forward to seeing.  So, I wanted to get a taste of Teller's acting before I went to see him in these other films.  

For some reason, I didn't think that Miles Teller was going to turn out to be as funny as he was, and definitely not as serious.  He gives an amazing performance as a troubled young man who can be funny and caring in one moment, and furious and completely lost in the next.  Needless to say, he gave an ah-mazing performance in The Spectacular Now as Sutter Keely, and he is one of the many reasons why I enjoyed this film.

The Supporting Actors  

You might see a couple of familiar faces in this film.  

If you are a fan of The Hunger Games, you may recognize Dayo Okeniyi who played Thresh in the dystopian film adaptation.  Thresh came from District 11, along with Katniss's friend, Rue.  In The Spectacular Now, Okeniyi plays Marcus, an all-star athlete and class president who is dating Sutter's ex-girlfriend.  Marcus seems to serve as Sutter's foil.  While Sutter is the class clown who has no idea what he is doing with his future, Marcus is the serious student whose bright future is set in stone.

And then there was someone who I was very surprised to see:  Mr. Kyle Chandler.  I am a huge fan of Friday Night Lights and I loved watching Kyle Chandler as that show's main character, Coach Eric Taylor.  In my mind he will always be the handsome, admirable Coach T.  But, in The Spectacular Now, he plays Sutter's father.  And, I do not want to give anything away, so I'll just say that he is not a very likable character.

The Sense of Reality

I've already mentioned that the film feels very realistic.  Allow me to go into more detail about that.

For one, none of the cast wore makeup on the set of this movie.  That is extremely impressive in my honest opinion.  Where else in Hollywood are they doing that?

So, these characters have freckles, blemishes, beauty marks, and other imperfections just like everyday teenagers.  This is just one of the many choices that helps viewers to appreciate this film.  (But, it still makes me kind of sad that all of these people in the film look so good without makeup!)


Overall, I really enjoyed The Spectacular Now.  It was not perfection, but I think that that's what makes it so lovable.  There were definitely some plot holes and some choices made in the story that I did not agree with or appreciate.  But, the movie was pretty great, the pros outweighing the cons.  There were some amazing performances and a lot to resonate with.  The subject matter is profound and teaches audiences important lessons about love, growing up, and living in the now.  

Are you thinking of seeing this film?  Have you already see it?  What did you think?  Leave your comments below!

-Teisha xx

1 comment:

  1. Great review, I saw the movie and read the book. I felt the movie was pretty true to the book which I love :)