My latest movie venture was the coming-of-age book turned into movie, The Spectacular Now. The book was written by Tim Tharp. It has been getting rave reviews by the critics and I just had to see for myself.
The movie follows Sutter Keely(Miles Teller) a high school senior who, surprise surprise, lives in the 'now'. He doesn't really think much about his future. But when he gets dumped by his girlfriend, Cassidy(Brie Larson) and gets wasted and gets woken up on a random lawn by Aimee Finecky(Shailene Woodley) his life is shaken a bit. From there the story takes off between the unexpected pairing of the cool, party guy Sutter and awkward, smart girl Aimee.
From all the talk, I was expecting a lot more. Then again, I probably went in with way too high of hopes. Which I really need to stop doing. It's starting to ruin movies for me. Anywhos... I have to say the pairing between Teller and Woodley was nice, they look rather cute together and balance each other out well. He is a very outgoing, funny personality and she is more to herself. Random thought, Teller sounds a lot like Jonah Hill. I was like this voice, I've heard it before! Ok, random thought over. It wasn't really Woodley's acting that bothered me as much as her character. She was very passive to everything Sutter said, even when she should have said no. I found that really annoying. I cannot stand characters who do not stand up for themselves, or at least have a mind of their own.
It is clear the story's focus is on Sutter and his journey to figuring himself out. He struggles with not only getting serious about life, but an alcohol addiction which is in part due to his strained relationship with his father. Who by the way was played by one of my favorites, Kyle Chandler(Friday Night Lights). Although he did not play the best guy in the world, he definitely did a great job playing a jerk. I loved seeing both him and Larson in the movie, because I am a huge fan of them both. That made me like the movie a bit more.
I can see why the movie got good reviews. It is probably because unlike most high school dramas, they did not try to fantasize it to be some fun, or the opposite, horrible place. But took a couple relatable characters who are just trying to find their way. There just wasn't anything in the movie that really stuck out to me. I found most of the beginning to be rather slow, but I enjoyed the last half hour. It is definitely something to check out if you like coming-of-age movies.