Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. (source)
I actually saw this film at the cinema ages ago, and I intended to write an “Is it worth paying for a ticket?” review for it. But time passed me by, and my draft post sat gathering dust. Here is a collection of my thoughts that I would have included in a full review of the film.
- When I first watched this, I really liked it. It was funny.
- But upon reflection, now that it’s been a good few months since I saw it at the cinemas, I’ve found the film more and more forgettable as time goes by.
- And not for any particular reason. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen better films since, or maybe it’s because romantic comedies are usually deleted from my memory pretty soon after watching them.
- Trainwreck was an enjoyable cinema-going experience. Lots of laughs, with humour for both the ladies and the guys. But there’s something about it that I can’t quite place, that doesn’t sit well with me.
- Most importantly, the voiceover was the worst. I feel like voiceovers in films are 80% unnecessary and can be done away with if the story is told right. Voiceovers are like the lazy film’s way of telling rather than showing the story, and by and large are cheesy and distracting. If a film needs a voiceover to tell you what’s going on, then it’s not a well-told film.
- I also felt that the part of the story where a certain family member passes away felt like a cheap throw-in to make the audience feel a variety of emotions. It felt forced and strange.
- Amy Schumer is funny though. I like her stand-up comedy, and I like how ruthless she is in terms of discussing female sexuality. Even though she apparently doesn’t like being labelled a ‘sex comic’.
- The comedy in Trainwreck centres around sex and genitals and periods and other sexuality-based stuff, and to a certain extent it doesn’t reflect the social insight that can be found in Schumer’s stand-up comedy and in her television series, Inside Amy Schumer.
- I think what made me enjoy watching this film in the moment, but also forget it soon afterwards, is the film’s distinct lack of depth. Amy in the film is predictable and can be annoyingly transparent, which means that by the end you don’t really care too much about anything.
- However, I loved Bill Hader, and LeBron James’ cameo was surprisingly hilarious. Also Tilda Swinton is always the best.
- And Daniel Radcliffe is amazing as ‘The Dogwalker’ in The Dogwalker.
- The film itself isn’t surprising though. It plays to a lot of romantic comedy conventions which makes the story easy to pick. But it’s funny in the moment, and if you’re after a film to make you laugh in the here-and-now, then it’s worth a watch.
Watch the trailer here.