The Spectacular Now (2013)

“It’s fine to just live in the now, but, the best part about ‘now’ is there’s another one tomorrow…and I’m gonna start making them count…”

What’s it about?

Happy-go-lucky/fun loving party animal Sutter Keely is this ‘totally chill and I know it’ dude with his smooth-talking and his monogram flask that’s never not filled with booze to spike everything. He feels life is only worth it if you’re living in the moment. That is until he meets Aimee Finecky.

Who’s in it?

Miles Teller and Hazel Grace Lancaster Tris Shailene Woodley. There’s also pre-Oscar Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Okeniyi, Bob Odenkirk and Kyle Chandler *cue broken fingers from typing so many names so fast*

Why should I watch it?

+ Great, authentic performances from Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley
+ I mean seriously, just…terrific stuff from both of them
+ You can’t not relate to their characters…they portray 18 year olds behaving like actual 18 year olds
+ Shailene Woodley is almost too cute as the thoughtful, naive, introverted girl next door
+ Miles Teller is almost too spot on as the freewheeling, not-so-sober charmer
+ Basically the reckless boy meets good girl
+ Relationship shoots off in a very realistic manner
+ Love how they’re immediately smitten with each other
+ Love how they act as foils for each other’s idiosyncrasies
+ The “Get off my motherfucking back, Mom!!!” scene
+ Movie REALLY debunks the ‘live in the now’ paradigm (in a good way)
+ It’s just heartbreaking to see how everything begins to fall apart
+ Because all he wants to do is live in the now and not commit to anything
+ But there’s the future (with Aimee) to think about and that’s a 100% monster-bitch sometimes
+ Story reveals the characters to be more than what they seem
+ They’re flawed, they have tragic pasts, they make mistakes and it all makes you feel for them
+ Well utilized supporting characters
+ The scenes where Sutter and Aimee go to see Sutter’s dad are just plain sad to watch
+ The dad is an A-Grade asshole. Seriously, fuck that guy
+ More of some really poignant and heart-wrenching stuff towards the end
+ Sutter’s redemptive arc
+ Ambiguous ending that’s either good or bad depending on (that’s right) your point of view

Why shouldn’t I watch it?

– If you’re just finishing high school and the future actually, really does scare you
– If you’d rather just YOLO forever
– Movie really starts to make it seem like it’s totally OK to be like Sutter
– It’s not
– Really hate how he kept pushing Aimee away and how he straight-up turned on her just because he was upset about his own life
– Daddy issues as a plot device. How convenient.

Anything else?

Like, yeah, we get it. You’ll only ever be as young as your present self. Who cares about all those really boring, ‘important’ stuff when you’re here now and the world is yours?
It can be awesome to just live in the moment. But then the seriousness of life comes along regardless of your conscious effort to ignore it. Whatcha gonna do?
This movie is one of those rare coming-of-age  indie-flicks that addresses being young and in love in such a genuine way that it doesn’t shy away from it’s realness, it doesn’t pander and it doesn’t make caricatures of it’s characters…showing that it can be OK to let down your facade and commit instead of shutting everything out because you’re too afraid of hurting anyone or being hurt.

Awesome film. See it.

8/10

You might also like:
500 Days of Summer
The Fault In Our Stars
The Art of Getting By
Paper Towns

 

Hi there! My name’s Uche (I know, I know…it’s a weird one) of the blog Just Shrewd Me and I’m subbing for my pal Diego (shout-out to the dude!) on this post….could you tell it wasn’t him from the start? No? Great! I guess I did a good job then. Check out my blog sometime…I write reviews and ridiculously vain stuff about myself that I’m 1000% sure no one cares about.

 

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