Every time Anna Kendrick’s on screen, I want to drop to my knee and propose.
It’s not that she’s absolutely gorgeous(she is), or immensely talented(she is that, too), but that her presence makes every film she’s in much more pleasant and easier to digest.
Alas, great actors a great movie make not, and The Last 5 Years is a true disappointment.
Boasting a hopeful premise (film begins as a 5 year romantic relationship has ended, works its way backwards), this musical features very good, near lovely, numbers, but these are set up in a way that makes them stand on their own, instead of meshing together with the whole picture.
Also, I could not empathize with Jamie’s (Jeremy Jordan) dilemma: the movie never gives us a sign that he’s a serial womanizer, and suddenly we’re to accept he is just because he walked down the aisle?
Or maybe that’s just the single man in me talking, in which case, yay, I will never get married.
There’s a sequence halfway throughout, in which Anna Kendrick stands in line at the audition room, walks in, sings to impress the judges, and walks out, still unemployed.
The song sung during this moment had to deal with the disillusionment a struggling actor faces, and all the hurdles and embarrassments they have to fight through.
Now there’s a movie I want to see.