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Cast: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones
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It’s so refreshing to see that really good movies can still be made once in a while. The Philadelphia Film Festival began this past week and chose a great movie to open with: Like Crazy. It won the Grand Jury Prize for best film at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and deservedly so.
It stars Anton Yelchin, one of those names you may not know but whose face you’ve probably seen before. He plays Jacob. The other star of the film is Felicity Jones, who won’t have as recognizable of a face as she has mainly made movies only in England. She plays Anna. Jacob and Anna meet early in the film while attending the same college. There’s an immediate attraction and they instantly hit it off. It’s not long before we see how madly in love they fall for each other. It’s the kind of love that most people only see in movies and never get to experience for themselves. In fact, they seem so in love and happy together at such an early stage of the film that you wonder where the movie is going from there.
Well of course nothing’s ever as perfect as it seems, and a big hurdle comes along that stands in their way of complete happiness. Anna is not an American citizen after all. She was attending college in the U.S. but still lives in England. So when she overstays her visa, she finds herself banned from the country. Why did she overstay her welcome? She did it to be with Jacob, of course. When someone is truly in love, they will often do anything they can to be with that person; but they sometimes forget about the consequences of those actions.
At this point, the two lovebirds must decide on whether to maintain the new long distance relationship. It’s not just any long distance relationship of course, it’s an overseas relationship. That’s a situation which is pretty tough for just about any couple to pull off. So the movie then shifts its tone to one of compromise and struggle. How much can one person sacrifice for the other? Can they somehow lift the ban, or will Jacob have to move to England thus leaving his current job in the U.S.? Is it all even worth it after it’s all said and done? Many questions arise, not to mention the possibility of finding new love in their own respectable countries with someone else. It’s a great film dealing with human emotions and how far we will go for another person. The two actors pour their hearts out on screen and it can be mesmerizing at times.
Like Crazy opens nationwide on October 28. It’s an independent film though so it will surely be shown in limited release, but find it if you can.
Recommendations: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Se7en , 25th Hour
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