Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Film Review: "Trainwreck" (2015).




The tagline of the poster reads "We all know one", and that is exactly it with Trainwreck. This romantic comedy film directed by Judd Apatow and written by Amy Schumer. Since she was a little girl, it's been drilled into Amy's head by her rascal of a dad that monogamy isn't realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo - enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment - but in actuality, she's kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners, Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

The idea of Trainwreck was discussed for over two years with Judd Apatow. The original draft of the script was written over a month and half. Amy Schumer confessed that she wrote the script with Apatow in mind to direct, as well as for her to star in. So in her writing of the screenplay, she wrote in things that would attract him to the project. Apatow contacted Schumer to make this movie after hearing her interview on the Howard Stern show. Judd was blown away by how funny and intimate she was while discussing the troublings of her father's illness. On August 26, 2013, Universal Studios optioned the then untitled script.  On November 27, 2013, it was announced that Apatow would direct the film. On January 8, 2014, it was announced that the film would be released on July 24, 2015. In an interview with The New York Times, Schumer revealed that Apatow and she dismissed their first idea for a story (later revealed to have Schumer as a used-car saleswoman), and shifted to an amplified and comedic version of Schumer's own past as its basis. In January, 2014, Bill Hader was cast. In February, 2014, Brie Larson also joined the cast. In March, 2014, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena, Ezra Miller and Tilda Swinton were cast in the film. In May, 2014, Method Man and LeBron James joined the cast of the film.

The film stars Schumer and Bill Hader along with an ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena and LeBron James. The cast gave incredibly hilarious performance, especially to the film's leading lady Amy Schumer, whose provocative humour made me laugh at every single one of her racy gags.

Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer definitely deliver funny and perceptive scenes in Trainwreck, but they're buried in aimless self-indulgence. It is a romantic-comedy film about a troubled woman trying to get her life sorted in of itself has become a cinematic taboo, and I only wish it lived up to that utterly inspired concept...every scene feels like an airbrushed composite of dozens of rambling takes, and 124 minutes is drainingly long for a story this sitcom-slight.

Simon says Trainwreck receives:


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