|L-R: Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in 'Like Crazy'|
Love is tricky business. Especially the one that
comes with separation. Pretending to moving on and the constant need to believe
that the feeling and emptiness will vanish, is something that few of us know.
Those few would especially love this movie because it would be like you are
back in time and can almost feel the pain again.
A small budget film directed by Drake Doremus, Like
Crazy, is a detailed examination of a relationship stained by long distance.
The film tells the story of Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones),
college students in Los Angeles who become a couple. Anna is a British exchange
student who spends the summer with him, overstaying her student visa and thus is
banned from entering the United. The rest of the movie follows the actions of
Jacob and Anna, trying both to make things work and also trying to forget the
time they had spent together.
The movie was shot with the inexpensive Canon EOS 7D
DSLR camera and looks very fresh, following closely with the main leads. This
is one of the highlights of the film, because while the connection and
chemistry is there between Yelchin and Jones, the feelings and the confusion is
enhanced even more during their solo performances. The constant thought of the
other person no matter what they may be doing is present is a very subtle but
Somebody once told me that unrequited love is the
most romantic love of them all. I am not sure if it is true but I know that it
is the most romantic love on screen. There is something magical about two
people separated for whatever reasons and after sharing months or years
together, lying to each other about their true state. Maybe it is ego, maybe
the need to make oneself believe that the separation can not possibly hurt so
much but the fact that it’s a sadistic piece of art is no joke.
The movie has a breakthrough performance by Jones.
She has the freshness to carry out the role with both the maturity of a young
adult and also the helplessness of a woman in love. Yelchin lends her an able
hand, with a character which is a very clean balance between sensitive and
manly. There are no stereotypes in this movie. You see the male and female
leads as raw as one can possibly imagine in terms of feelings because the basic
crux of the story is the love they share for each other.
Try to get your hands on this one.
Labels: DSLR, Good, Long Distance Relationship, Romance