DVD Review: The Last Five Years

On my fucking birthday?

Cathy (Anna Kendrick) and Jamie (Jeremy Jordan) have been in a relationship for you guested it, the last five years. This musical follows this couple at different points in the relationship. Cathy's songs start at the end of it, while Jamie's are at the beginning.

This is based on an (apparently) popular Broadway show that I had never seen nor heard of until this film went in production. I guess I'm not theater geek enough, but I can see why people like this. It feels different from most musicals, and I can always appreciate it when the word "fuck" is dropped in a song.

I liked how the film was styled, and the costumes were gorgeous. Seriously, just give me all of Cathy's wardrobe. Kendrick and Jordan have excellent voices, though sometimes I don't think their faces are matching up to the emotions in their singing voices. I'm not sure how Jamie has fans either, he was kind of a douche. Cathy isn't the best character either, she seems so content on a man just coming in to "save" her at the beginning instead of focusing on her goals, but she ultimately gets the short end of the stick.

Maybe that's the point. These characters are not perfect, but I still couldn't help overwhelmingly siding with Cathy throughout.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "Are you really touching my dress right now?" - Cathy (Anna Kendrick)

10 comments:

  1. I need to see this. I have an odd love of singing in movies, and a rather normal love for AK. So....yeah.

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    1. Anna Kendrick is insanely adorable. I have a girlcrush on her.

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  2. Oh, I'm so glad you've reviewed this! I nearly watched it the other day and decided I didn't really know enough to give it the chance. I'm going to watch as soon as now :)
    - Allie

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  3. I want to check this out...eventually. Sounds like it could be fun.

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  4. I think Kendrick has a nice voice, but I dunno, the fact that this was a musical didn't immediately appeal to me.

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    1. I think it's a really clever musical. I can see why it's popular.

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  5. This seems like one of those movies I want to see, but might never get around to. Speaking of Kendrick, I still need to see Drinking Buddies.

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    1. See Drinking Buddies first because that film is excellent!

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