Monday, July 27, 2015

A Good First Attempt

Trainwreck is the story of a girl, who is following her father's footsteps, by leading a promiscuous lifestyle filled with drugs and alcohol. When she meets a likable sports doctor, who is really into her, she tries to overcome her commitment issues but her insecurities get the best of her. Will she be able to leave behind her old ways and commit to one guy? You'll have to watch and find out.

Directed by Judd Apatow and written by Amy Schumer, who also plays the leading female character, the plot of the film was interesting. It was nice to see gender roles being reversed especially in the end. Also, seeing her soft side, whereby she loves and cares for her ill father, even though he was not a good father figure, was touching. However, the movie was not as great as I had expected given the rave reviews I read. In my opinion, the film didn't flow very well or perhaps the editing was flawed because a lot of times it seemed random scenes popped up without a natural progression from the previous scene. The movie definitely started as a non-stereotypical rom-com but it became a bit cliche towards the end. 

Overall, the film, which was heavily influenced by Schumer's personal life experiences, was fun to watch. Bill Hader (from SNL fame) was surprisingly charming as the leading man in a romantic comedy. The wrestler John Cena and basketball legend, Lebron James, were entertaining and extremely funny. I hope they continue to act in films.

Schumer has been gaining a lot of popularity recently due to her comedy sketches on her comedy central show, Inside Amy Schumer. For her first film, as an actress and a writer, it was definitely a good attempt. I would like to see her continue to break gender stereotypes in more movies. 

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