Saturday, March 5, 2016

Trainwreck

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Trainwreck – 4 out of 5

Romcoms are not really my bag.  I will admit that over the years, I’ve seen several movies in this genre that are very, very enjoyable but, for the most part it’s not really a genre that I like to pull from.  When Trainwreck hit the theaters, I wasn’t really sold on the film and when I factored in the reality that I haven’t seen much of Amy Schumer’s comedy, I wasn’t going to find myself plunking down the coin to see this one in the theater.  However, I heard nothing but great things about this romantic comedy and the more clips I saw online the more I wanted to see it when it came out on DVD and hit the old Redbox (name drop) machine.  Honestly, I think I should have thrown down those coins to see it at the old local cinema because it was worth the money to watch it.

It's a romcom without a montage sequence of trying on hats set to the latest
pop song.  Well played, Trainwreck.

Amy (Amy Schumer) is a tad commitment-phobic and is more of the type who is just out to have fun and isn’t ready to settle down.  One day, her job as a writer forces her to interview a prominent doctor in sports medicine named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader).  It doesn’t take long before Amy succumbs to her desire to have fun with Aaron and it’s not long after that the doctor succumbs to his feelings for Amy.  Now the struggle begins as Amy attempts a normal relationship but how long will it be before she bails out of it in order to return to her carefree, commitment-absent lifestyle?

Amy's boss is played by Tilda Swinton; an actress who can literally play anything.
I know I'm not alone in hoping we get a David Bowie bio-pic where she plays Bowie.

I didn't know basketball players were funny...but
that's because when I say I know nothing about sports,
I literally mean nothing.
First off, this film is hysterical.  Aside from Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, the film contains a lot of other great comedic actors and comedians (not to undersell how great Hader and Schumer were in the film).  Additionally, I was pleasantly surprised with how funny John Cena and LeBron James were in their roles.  Finally, Amy Schumer really wrote a great script that is absolutely filled with riotously funny gags and jokes and they are relentlessly thrown at you every second of the film.  Even when the story gets dramatic and touching—which it does on occasion and did very well—the film still is constantly tossing jokes at you and it keeps the laughs going.

I'd suggest renting this movie just for this scene with John Cena alone.

Like all kinds of genre films, the romcom is usually made-up of typical formulas, tropes and clichés.  The stories are extremely predictable and, very often, you see the same archetypes and even the same cast members in these films.  One of the things that struck me about Trainwreck was how the fact the film turns these usual clichés on their ear.  While the plot still hits a lot of the usual notes you’d expect from a romcom, the story still does a lot that actively makes the feature unique.  Ultimately, however, because the film is so unique in the world of romcoms, when the story hits the points that you knew were coming they still ended up being very amusing and even touching.

Dammit, Hader...you are just delightful.

Finally, one of the best parts of this film is the undeniable chemistry between Bill Hader and Amy Schumer.  They came off as a very realistic couple and were so endearing and charming together (and separately) that it was very easy to invest in their journey and it really helped me get sucked into the film.  Both actors were amazing in their performances—I especially loved Amy in her role--too often in the world of movies, a free-spirit like the character of Amy is portrayed as strange for not wanting to be in a committed relationship and they are shown as someone who will, ultimately, be better off for being with a man but, in Trainwreck, she is presented as a realistic woman who is just trying to have fun and her transformation from being a loather of relationships to her wanting to be with Aaron comes off very naturally and her decision to be with him is more out of emotion rather than just the lazy trope you usually see in romcoms; that is basically presented as the argument that “a woman needs to be with a man.”

Awwwwwwww.

Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised with how entertaining Trainwreck was.  Amy Schumer wrote an extremely funny movie and performed ever better in it.  Director Judd Apatow found that perfect balance of delivering a film that is outright hysterical but has enough heart and drama to it to make it endearing and warm.  Finally,  it’s filled with quotable and memorable scenes and has some excellent performances helping carrying the film along and, ultimately, made the film stupidly fun and terrifically hilarious!
 

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