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Movie Review: Like Crazy

Rated R

It’s a good trip down memory lane to remember the honeymoon phase of your relationship, when you wanted nothing more than to be next to the one you love. Like Crazy is a sweet romantic drama that takes an intimate look as the high and lowlights of new love and how we deal with the space between.
In it, American student Jacob (Anton Yelchin) meets British student Anna (Felicity Jones) and the pair fall in the type of love where you feel like you just can’t get close enough to the other person. Anna feels so passionate she stays with Jacob in America after her student visa expires, setting into motion a lengthy series of problems that physically separate the pair.

While she is denied access to the US, Jacob and Anna feel the effects of a long distance relationship and drift apart. Both make a romantic promise to be patient, but when reality sets in, it is a heartbreak to see it fall apart considering the romantic setup we witnessed.
It’s both their fault because they’re new to the game.  Anna is more in love with Jacob, but he puts forth an effort to make it work.   The question is how much does he really care? Both make mistakes with affairs, but it’s when they’re on the break. The layers of complications only fog their emotion, but not your empathy.
There’s also the question over access. Anna can’t come to the US, but Jacob can go to England. The thing that’s holding him back is his furniture design business. It’s a weak reason to keep them apart.  He loses that battle.

The ending is intentionally left open for interpretation. Will the romantic or the pragmatic side win? That feeling of desire you get from being away from your lover is a hard habit to break, and why would you want to?   Curiously, your reaction to this movie should give some insight as to how you approach relationships.
The new love between Anna and Jacob is also raw and fresh. That’s because one of the best thing this movie has going for it, is it’s young actors. Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones both show a maturity that should keep them on the path towards greatness. I’m already looking forward to their next role.

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11/18/2011 2:20PM
Movie Review: Like Crazy
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