Amy Schumer stars in (and wrote) Trainwreck, a story about a girl who meets a boy who makes her start caring. It's a typical rom-com but it is also so, so much more than that.
First of all, Schumer, as per her usual, is the realest. Everything from the dialogue to the nature of the relationship between her and Bill Hader feels so much more real than most romantic comedies. Schumer doesn't stray from her brash humour (if you're not a fan of hers, chances are this isn't the movie for you; if you are, congratulations you'll have the best two hours of your life).
Trainwreck also focuses on Amy's family (her name is Amy in the movie as well). She has a sister, Kim (Brie Larson), which is true to real life, and a father (Colin Quinn) suffering from MS, also true to real life. This plays a prominent part in the movie and really helps to make the character of Amy more relatable and down-to-earth.
The cast is star-studded (particularly with other comics, as well as athletes). LeBron James is a total standout, who is more than a cameo but a supporting character to Hader. He plays his deadpan lines so immaculately he might have to consider giving up basketball for comedy.
The movie had me (embarrassingly) howling with laughter, and at one point completely sobbing. (Plus once more where I almost cried, and a bunch more times in there where I was in fits in laughter...) Basically all the emotions in ways where you can't control yourself from bursting out. I wasn't the only one, either. The entire theatre was filled with the sound of laughter through so much of the movie, some of the lines of dialogue were lost (oh well, I guess I'll HAVE to see it again).
Judd Apatow directed and tied everything together nicely. While some people will think the film is too long (running at 2h 2m it is relatively long for a rom-com), I found I couldn't get enough, and would have been pleased for another hour of screen time.
Without any spoilers, I had a giant grin spread over my face for the final scene of the movie, and I'd say it's going down as one of the best endings of all romantic comedies, ever.
This was far-and-away the best movie I've seen this summer, this year, and up there with one of my new favourites of all time. It was everything I wanted from Schumer and more. If you've been looking forward to this movie, get thee to a theatre ASAP, because it is not one to miss this year.
Schumer has not only proven herself as a leading lady but the next great comedic voice in movies. While we hope this doesn't mean she'll be ditching our TV screens for movies full-time, we can pray that this is the beginning of a very long career.
Trainwreck opens July 17.
To get you primed for the opening of Trainwreck, watch Amy Schumer on Jimmy Fallon last night absolutely slaying the interview game.
'Inside Out' Review
One of the most important lessons from the film is how it's important to feel sadness. We all try to bottle up the 'bad' feelings as much as we can, but without allowing those feelings to come through we can't move forward with our lives.
It was truly magical to go to a 9pm show, where, at 24, I was the youngest person in the audience and the whole room was laughing like kids throughout the movie. It was such a joyous experience (with some prerequisite Pixar tears thrown in there).
It is the best animated film I've seen in a long time, and the best part is - there are no obnoxious songs to get stuck in your head afterwards.
Each voice was paired perfectly with the different emotions (with the talents of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black). Writer/Director Pete Docter has created a true masterpiece, and one that is perfect for honestly any age group.
The feel good movie of the year that reminds you that feeling good isn't all that life is about.