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Film Review: Like Crazy

Film Review: Like Crazy starring Felicity Jones and Anton YelchinForced to entertain a French exchange student for the weekend I racked my brains trying to think of anything I could do that wouldn’t involve much talking. Then it hit me. The cinema. The perfect place to hide in the dark with the perfect excuse to avoid conversation. There aren’t many films out at the moment which are light hearted a jovial and then best thing I could find with a plot line that wasn’t too complex for my exchange and I was ‘Like Crazy’. I had assumed that this film was a light hearted chick flick, but I was wrong. I was surprised to find that Like Crazy is actually quite an emotional romantic drama.

The story follows two college students, Jacob and Anna, who fall in love, but face a seemingly insurmountable problem as Anna is actually a British student studying on an American Visa. When the time comes for Anna to return to the UK, she decides that she cannot bear to part with Jacob and so she violates the terms of her Visa rendering it impossible for her to re-enter the US. This is a truly heart-breaking love story of two young people desperate to stay together despite the miles and miles of ocean between them.

Actors Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin are two absolutely brilliant actors who are perfectly suited for their roles. Whilst the plot is quite simple and there’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, the intense chemistry between this pair makes it hard for the watcher to look away and most certainly tugs your heartstrings. Both the young actors deliver realistic performances that truly draw you in as this is real drama. This is a major step up for Felicity Jones as the last movie I saw her in was ‘Chalet Girl’, which is literally the complete opposite to ‘Like Crazy’. I would expect both actors to be much in demand after two absolutely stunning performances in this new film.

This isn’t a silly romance, but an accurate portrayal of the difficulties faced by lovers – the good, and the bad. Even though the couple in question are so young, they face real life dramas faced by couples of all ages and director Drake Doremus successful draws the audience into the story by making us believe that it is real. This film really took me by surprise and much exceeded any expectations that I had. This is much watch for any couples going through hard times and is a kick up the backside for anyone who gave up love because it was ‘just too hard’.

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15 Comments

  1. 6th May 2016 / 5:41 PM

    Again another movie I haven’t heard of, I can’t believe it as it sounds exactly like the kind of thing I’d love x

  2. 6th May 2016 / 6:57 PM

    Not heard of this movie but it sounds like a good movie for a friday night in.

  3. 6th May 2016 / 11:50 PM

    I have to admit this is yet another movie I haven’t head of I am so out of the loop these days! It sounds like something I would enjoy though so I’ll have to check it out. x

  4. 7th May 2016 / 10:50 AM

    Have to confess I haven’t heard of this film! Must check it out.

  5. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    7th May 2016 / 10:20 PM

    I had heard that this was really good! I must add it to our must see list! H x

  6. Kira L Curtis
    7th May 2016 / 11:58 PM

    Not gonna lie, I hated this movie, just found it so slow and boring! I kept watching it hoping it would get better but it never did :/

  7. Leanne Dolan
    8th May 2016 / 8:15 AM

    I’ve not even heard of this movie. It sounds okay though so maybe I’ll check it out. X

  8. Melanie Edjourian
    8th May 2016 / 8:20 AM

    It sounds like a great story line which will probably have me in tears.

  9. 8th May 2016 / 12:10 PM

    I hadn’t heard of this film – sounds like a pretty good movie though

  10. 8th May 2016 / 8:03 PM

    I loved Felicity Jones in this film, some of it was a little drawn out for me but it’s heart was definitely in the right place. x

  11. 8th May 2016 / 9:22 PM

    I have never watched the film but oh dear was your exhange student that bad? Poor you and yes the cinema is perfect to avoid conversation lol!

  12. Jessica
    9th May 2016 / 4:09 AM

    I can feel the same way in many points. First, entertaining a guest without so much talk and the topic of the movie. I had and have struggling in visa policies to go in the country miles away where my love is. Double the struggle if you come from a thirld world country (in real life).

  13. Laura Rocksteady
    13th May 2016 / 1:39 AM

    I own this film and have watched a few times – I love the simple but effective storyline, the emotional side of it and I think the whole film was shot on a Canon 7D!

    Laura x

  14. 14th May 2016 / 1:19 PM

    It’s been ages since I’ve gone to the cinema, I wanted to see this too but never did!

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