I can't say I'm surprised that Like Crazy, a little love story that's both enchanting and heartbreaking (a la last year's Blue Valentine) was one of the first films to get picked up for wide release from Sundance. It's got all the makings of a festival favorite: an engaging story packed with emotion, a premise that audiences can relate to, and breakthrough performances from a pair of young actors.
- Who's behind it? The film stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation) and British up-and-comer Felicity Jones, and was directed by Sundance vet Drake Doremus.
- What's it about? Yelchin and Jones play Jacob and Anna, a couple who meets in their senior year of college and instantly develop a connection when they begin dating. Complications arise when Anna, a Brit, violates the terms of her visa and consequently has to return to England. As they step into the real world and begin their separate lives as adults, Jacob and Anna's long-distance relationship is tested as they grow apart but can't seem to shake their connection.
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- What did I think? Anna and Jacob's relationship represents the pure kind of young love that we can all relate to: a bond that can be buried and weakened but perhaps never truly disappears. Though the film shies away from tapping too deeply into Anna and Jacob's darker sides and raw emotions, Yelchin and Jones still deliver excellent performance. Their characters seamlessly evolve from starry-eyed college students to adults who grow more cynical about the power of love the more time they spend away from each other. Yelchin and Jones manage to run the gamut of emotion without having to depend on dialogue: the longing, jealousy, and frustration are written all over Anna and Jacob's faces. Though the film may not kick you in the gut the way Blue Valentine can, the realistic oscillation between the sweet and sad moments of a long-term relationship will undoubtedly make you feel a pang of nostalgia for your own first love.