A few weeks ago, I finally got to see a movie I had been waiting months to see. ‘The Spectacular Now’, a film starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, did not disappoint, even given my high expectations. I’m a sucker for a trailer with good music and a realistic storyline (mostly just the good music), so when I first saw the sneak-peek before the hour-and-a-half waste of my life known as ‘The Bling Ring’, I knew I would soon be venturing back out to the Downtown West–the only theater in Knoxville that shows independent or less widely released movies.
The movie was an incredibly acted, beautiful story that follows Sutter (Teller), a cool kid who prefers to live life in the moment, and his unlikely romance with a studious, naive girl (Woodley) after he gets his heart broken by his girlfriend, played by the up-and-coming Brie Larson (who was in ‘Hoot’ alongside Logan Lerman, star of ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’. Just wait–this post is about to come full circle!)
As cliche as my description sounds, this was the realest film I have seen in a long time. It sent me through all waves of emotion, and left me just feeling utterly content. The last movie that truly made me feel a part of it was ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’. (See, I told you!) The dialogue, settings, and happenings in both of these films are so believable, because they don’t try too hard to be what they’re not– specifically with ‘The Spectacular Now.’ The producers chose two somewhat unknown actors, and no characters wore any makeup throughout the filming process. This allowed the viewer to truly place themselves in the scene. It honestly felt like I, myself, was falling in love. This is where ‘Perks’ strayed a bit. Emma Watson and her “American accent” were distracting, and some of the dialogue was just the slightest bit kitschy. (However, these issue did’t affect the movie to an irrevocable degree, and are simply the only faults I can find in a movie I could watch countless times.)
Shailene Woodley has come a long way since her days of ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’. With an award-nominating role in ‘The Descendants’ and a turn as the heroine in the new ‘Divergent’ series, she has begun to make impressive decisions when it comes to what roles she chooses, and I’m looking forward to seeing her star rise. Miles Teller was equally impressive. Throughout the entire movie he reminded me of someone, but I could never place who. Now I’m beginning to think he just reminded me of every guy I’ve ever had a crush on, because his acting was so spot on. (I will say though, he looks a heck of a lot like Cory Matthews, of ‘Boy Meets World’ fame…)
With the exception of the final scene being unecessary–it kind of cheapened the beauty that was the scene before–‘The Spectacular Now’ is perfect. If I could recommend any film that I’ve seen in the last few months, (and there have been quite a few…), this would be the one.
Granted, I’m telling you this while watching ‘Something Borrowed’ on FX. So do with that what you will…