After many failed attempts I was finally able to go to a screening of ‘The Spectacular Now’ last night! The movie is based off of the book by author Tim Thorpe. I read the book last month with one of the quirky book clubs that I am a part of and in all honestly was not impressed. I was left with a sense of feeling like I needed to “parent” if you will ‘Sutter Keely’ the main character in the story. I gave the book a 3 star rating on good reads, which is kind of low for me considering I usually research my books fairly well and it’s rare that I read a book that I really just don’t love. (Which by the way, is the beauty of goodreads.com if you aren’t familiar with the site)
After hearing that Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller were cast as the two main characters I was really excited, after all they are playing two main characters in the upcoming ‘Divergent’ movie that I’m highly invested in. I would have to say my favorite experience of the movie was the actors themselves. Miles Teller did an exceptional job of capturing “Sutter Keely”- the high school senior and smooth talking charmer who unexpectedly falls in love with the “girl next door” ‘Aimee Finecky’ (Shailene Woodley). It was refreshing to see Shailene play a character different from “Secret Life” and “The Descendants”. I felt as though the interaction between these two was very real and reminiscent of how extremely awkward high school love can be and the butterflies that are accompanied with new experiences. It showed us real emotions in a real life setting that felt very much like it could have been your neighborhood growing up. It shows that two people who can be extremely different can be drawn together. Sutter lives in the now, And Amy dreams of a future. I experienced many emotions while watching this movie that I haven’t felt in a while. One of which being anxiety. I felt the uncomfortable silence during their love scene, but at the same time it was oh so very REAL which is the vibe I think they were going for. If so, They nailed it. After it ended, I wasn’t quite sure what I thought. I needed some time to collect my thoughts before giving an honest opinion!
From a book to movie point of view, I felt that it stayed fairly true to the book which is always nice with a couple exceptions here and there and particularly the ending. Without spoiling too much, I felt the book ending left me hollow and wanting more whereas the movie ending gave me hope for this tragic almost train wreck of a story. I heard some say they would have preferred to keep the ending of the book but a lot of people were like ME where they were left wanting more closure after finishing the book, which I think you get with the movie.
As a whole I don’t know how I would recommend this movie. I can’t say that I loved it, That I loved the story, but I was glad that I saw it just to witness some of the truly amazing young talent I believe we have coming up in Hollywood right now! I loved the fact that hardly any makeup was used in filming this movie and Miles Teller is not shy in the least bit about showing his scars from a horrific car accident he was in a few years ago (Google it, I know you were wondering too while watching him). It shows a great moral message that the smart, shy good nature girls that don’t wear the hottest trends or a ton of makeup are still beautiful and can go on to do amazing things which I thought was a great message to bestow.
Don’t go to the theater expecting a funny rom/com that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, go expecting to be touched in different way’s you probably weren’t expecting and be prepared for some “Oh Crap” moments as well and then come back and comment on your thoughts here! We would love to hear them!
The Spectacular Now in playing in select theaters nationwide!
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