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“Like Crazy,” is as difficult of a picture to watch as it is to critique. Everything this film needs is in it’s place, but there are small pieces that it still needs. It is just an independent romantic film that will tear at your heart-strings and leave you wondering. It strays away from the romantic comedy clichés and becomes it’s own, heart-felt, love story about two kids who love each other but cannot be together at a certain time in their lives. Nothing is more sad than seeing these two characters go through everything alone, on separate sides of the globe, but somehow be connected and feel each other’s pain.
The film opens with two college students. Anna, (Felicity Jones) wants to be a journalist as soon as she graduates. While, Jacob (Anton Yelchin) wants to major in furniture design. She is always writing; while he is always drawing. Anna leaves a note on Jacob’s windshield along with a poem, after reassuring herself that it wasn‘t creepy. Jacob reads it and calls her soon after. They go out and become immediately attached. The problem is that Anna is from London, England. Her Visa expires right when school ends and must go back to the U.K. When she decides to stay for a couple months over her Visa, she leaves for a wedding and cannot come back. Both her and Jacob try everything in their power to reach each other. The story unfolds as both try to stay together while living separate lives. They meet different people, they experience different things, and yet they continue to grow as a couple.
Both of these actors are pretty incredible together. Felicity Jones, who plays Anna, is absolutely remarkable. She is the sweet, kind-hearted, little English girl you expect her to be. She is innocent which makes it even more hard to know her heart is being broken. Anton Yelchin, playing Jacob, is equally good. He is trying to get his furniture business up and running and at the same time, loving Anna with all his heart. He treats her with respect and you believe their relationship. Every moment of it. Their first date is awkward in all the best ways. They look at each other, smile, say funny things as if they are scoping the other out and it is adorable. The reason it is believable is because we have all been there. It actually seems like they met for the first time and they like each other, which is extremely hard for a film to grasp. When Jacob meet Anna's parents, they like him and you feel their relationship as well. These items are easily the highlight of the film and makes the film the incredible teenage love story it needs to be.
The main problem with this film is the writing of Jacob. Yelchin does an incredible job with what he is given, but he isn’t given enough. You feel Anna loves Jacob so much that she would throw away everything for him. Jacob doesn’t seem that way and he doesn’t have enough scenes to show his love for her, while he could easily move his work over to London, but doesn’t. Maybe that is the point the film is trying to make. A young girl who loves a young guy so much, but he doesn’t love her back. It seems cold-hearted but in the context of the film, it would seem more plausible. If this is the case, it should have been more clear and proven rather than the feeling he doesn’t have enough to delve into. Making the film based on that fact alone makes it more complex, while making it better and more emotional.
This film truly is great. Not perfect, but really good. It is the best romantic film I have seen in a while. These two actors show their talents and how they can act. Anton Yelchin is already fairly big in Hollywood, but he still needs a big break. However, Felicity Jones needs if not will get her big break with this film. She is incredible. Every scene she is in brings color and light to the screen. Their relationship means something to you as an audience, and when it breaks you feel it. You feel like someone punched you in the stomach, and like you lost someone in your life. This film is a full price picture for me. Both emotional and leaves you wondering. This was a pleasant surprise.