Like Crazy was a very, very good movie, but not a romantic comedy, as the box might lead you to think. It’s more of a drama that chronicles the relationship between Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones), two young college students, he an American, and she a Brit, studying in Los Angeles. They fall for each other and then have to deal with some separation due to visa issues. The chemistry between the two is palpable, and the acting couldn’t be better. This movie brought back memories of Before Sunrise, Richard Linklater‘s love story featuring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Jacob has that same sweet nature and soft vulnerability as Hawke’s Jesse. In fact, I could draw lots of comparisons with Like Crazy to other movies. Another was the relationship of Ewan McGregor‘s character and his girlfriend in Beginners. Melanie Laurent played her character with the same kind of unconventional beauty and quirkiness that we see with Felicity Jones’s Anna. Like Crazy borrows from lots of young and in love movies, but still offers up its own uniqueness. I was magnetically drawn to the storyline and keenly interested in how the movie was going to end.
Anton Yelchin has appeared in a ton of movies and television shows, but I know him best for playing the title role in Charlie Bartlett (a stellar teen movie about a kid who becomes a self-appointed psychiatrist to the students in his high school). Anyway, he was really good in that film, and he’s really good in Like Crazy. His partner, Felicity Jones, gives us an Anna that is finely detailed and nuanced. Jones is British, and has acted in a bunch of British stuff, movies and TV.
Oh yeah, you also get a strong supporting role by Jennifer Lawrence, who I haven’t really seen since her breakout role in Winter’s Bone. So kudos to the director, Drake Doremus, for drawing out the best in these actors. I looked up Doremus’s filmography, and was not impressed with the titles of some of his earlier directorial efforts like Douchebag and Spooners. But here, he’s done a great job. All the emotions of young love are realistically portrayed and easily felt by the viewer. I recommend the film highly. – [DVD]
DVD Release Date: 3/6/12