Indie Film Alert: The Spectacular Now
The independent film, ‘The Spectacular Now‘ has been getting a lot of attention lately, so I decided to go and see what all of the talk was about for myself. It stars two risings stars; Miles Teller and Shailene Woodly. The film is a coming of age story reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower because it follows relatable high school teens dealing with normal issues. For me, movies that are able to capture the essence of real life in a cinematic, simplistic manner are great.
The Spectacular Now was a great film because it was natural, raw and true to the story of the film. The characters were normal high school students in Georgia and the actors didn’t wear makeup. Not wearing makeup was such a brilliant creative direction because it made you feel like you were watching a home movie and not a film. The scenes were not overtly complex, but contained all of the emotional realms of being a high school student.
Through out the film we as viewers learn about the characters families, their dreams/goals, become invested in their personalities and imperfections. The only thing I didn’t understand was the underage drinking (once you see the film you will know what I mean).
At the end of the film I was left with a sense of wanting more, but closure at the same time. I’m going to be following these two young actors career because I know their next film together, Divergent, is going to make them mega superstars.
Based on the beloved book by Tim Tharp, THE SPECTACULAR NOW is the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) – high school senior, effortless charmer, and self-proclaiemd “life of the party” – and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with the “nice girl” Aimee Fineky (Shailene Woodley). While Aimee dreams of the future, Sutter lives in the now. And yet somehow, they’re drawn together. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. The film was directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber ((500) DAYS SUMMER), and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.