You have to be careful when handicapping the Oscar races early. Over
the summer, this seemed like a possible shocker and Cinderella story
coming from nowhere to capture the hearts and minds of the voters.
Then, we saw the movie.
Anton Yelchin stars as Jacob - a college kid studying furniture design
who meets the love of his life, Anna (Felicity Jones). They have a
great senior year doing all of the things two crazy kids in college and
in love would do, but it's all going to come to an end, since she is
British and will have to return to London after her Visa expires.
Is this just a school child affair, or can they make it last as a long
In real life, they always say you can't analyze or try to understand
what makes two people into a couple. However, this is a movie, so we
need to see the chemistry, the excitement, the passion and all of the
arguments why these two are together. Instead, Like
Crazy is far from that. It is
Director/co-writer Drake Doremus and co-writer Ben York Jones might be
going for subtle and understated, but give us boring. As a viewer, I
don't see and understand the great bond between Jacob and Anna, which
makes the plot twists showing them growing apart lack the power and
urgency needed to make Like Crazy a compelling movie.
Worst of all, they need to tell the story better and make the
characters more interesting. Characters, especially Sam (Jennifer
Lawrence), come out of nowhere without much explanation. Then, I am
left scratching my head wondering what makes Jacob such a great catch
to have two women with options choose to be with him. Gloomy Gus is a
better character name for a guy who spent 4 years in college studying
furniture design and seems to make one style of chair. That's it! One
chair! That's the same number of dimensions we get with Like
Crazy is rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language.