Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review: Trainwreck (2015)

                                 'Trainwreck' Is Anything But

           Since it has a female stand-up comedian in the lead role, because it is doing nicely at the box office which obviously means it has a wide audience, thankfully, Trainwreck isn't the Obvious Child of 2015 and isn't 'flying off the rails' so to speak.

          Trainwreck follows the story of a thirtysomething journalist named Amy (Amy Schumer) who has lived by the belief that monogamy isn't realistic so she sleeps around and gets drunk a lot. That is until she is given an assignment to profile a sports physician named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader) and she slowly begins to feel complications about love.

         First off, I'll say that a star is born with Amy Schumer. Obviously, she has excellent comedic timing but she also nails every dramatic nuance and is incredibly three-dimensional as a woman who seems brash and complicated yet is really a lost soul who has been told about how the thought of sharing your life with someone can drive you mad. Schumer also has an excellent supporting cast surrounding her to help humanize her character. Bill Hader is excellent and very endearing as Amy's love interest Aaron and makes you realize why Amy would slowly warm up to someone like him as they both have great chemistry. Brie Larson is also in this as Amy's sister Kim, who has gone against their father's views on monogamy by settling down and getting married, and she is quite naturalistic as someone who is very stern in her rough patches with Amy yet provides warmth and support in the positive times and times of need. I also thought Colin Quinn has quite a presence on screen as Amy and Kim's bigoted father as he delivers harsh yet funny quips yet still helps drive the main character's narrative forward. We also have Tilda Swinton as Amy's boss Dianna. In typical Tilda fashion, Swinton stole every scene she was in with her deadpan delivery and colorful transformative appearance with her wig and tanned skin. Speaking of scene-stealers, though, I'll go into perhaps the biggest surprise of the film. That is LeBron James as himself. He NAILS the humor as he plays a fictionalized, exaggerated version of himself. Maybe we'll get to see him do more comedies in the future. Overall, I thought the cast was astounding.

         Much like with his previous work, I love how director Judd Apatow incorporates his typical crude humor, yet still makes the characters and the film seem very real. In some of his previous films, he successfully manages to offer something poignant like how The 40-Year Old Virgin reminds people that it's never too late to lose your virginity or at least do things that a lot of people do when they're young. Also, Knocked Up deals with a man-child slowly starting to become a man raising a child. Here, the protagonist slowly figures out that sometimes relationships aren't as dreary as they can be made out to be. The mix of crude humor and poignancy is also thanks to the screenplay written by Amy Schumer herself as she creates the characters that contribute to Amy's growth as the movie progresses. Even when the film sails into deeper dramatic territory, it never goes too deep.


         Overall, Trainwreck is another worthy entry from Judd Apatow that features a euphoric mix of raunchiness and poignancy as well as a star-is-born performance from Amy Schumer both as an actress and as a screenwriter. Even though Schumer has a hilarious supporting cast surrounding her, she still gets to allow her own comedic talents to shine through.

        Would I Recommend It?:
        Yes, but not to everybody. Apatow's form of humor, while funny, isn't for everyone. But if you like his stuff and if you like Amy Schumer, you'll definitely enjoy this.

Grade: A+

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