Like Crazy (Drake Doremus, 2012)

What's it about? A romance between students Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones) at an LA college hits a big obstacle when she overstays her US visa and is not allowed back into the country after a holiday at home in England. Ah, sure they're only young - they'll get over it. But wait! What if they actually are the Great Love of each other's lives?

Is it any good? It sounds a bit sappy, but this is actually quite a mature attempt to explore the consequences of various life choices upon a relationship. In this case, it's about the messy complications of making a long-distance relationship work, with some shrewdly observed moments and a few nice touches to mark the passing of time (apart). It benefits from two very natural performances from Yelchin and (the lovely) Jones, who apparently improvised most of their dialogue, which adds to the authenticity. Now, that might not be a good thing, mind you. Some viewers may empathise with the characters' emotions, whereas others might want to slap some sense into them and just sort themselves out! But either way, the point is that it feels like a believable love story. (Believable, that is, except for the bit about them drinking whiskey because they like it. That's just silly.) Basically, what you get out of it, and which of the couple you relate to most, will depend on your own experiences of life and love, so I'll leave you to make up your own mind. Overall, I wasn't, like, crazy about it, but I did like how it managed to appeal to both my inner romantic and my inner cynic.

I don't trust you. What do others think? It won Best Film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and turned up on several US Top 10 lists of 2011. The indie nature and the two-hander story has drawn comparisons with the likes of Before Sunrise and Blue Valentine. It's not as romantic as the former or as caustic as the latter, so I'd probably file it somewhere halfway between the two. Not that I file my movies or anything. That would be just sad. Yeah, and I'm cool, not sad. So I am.

Anything else I should know? Yeah, what if that first love of yours really was The One? Hmmm? That's got you all nostalgic, hasn't it?

What does the Fonz think? I like Like Crazy. Like.





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