Directed by: Judd Apatow
Written by: Amy Schumer
Raunchy, Overly perverted, and Vulgar at times Trainwreck is definitely not for everyone but at the midway point it starts to grow some heart.. but is it worth watching??
Lets start with the story and screenplay which is the movies best quality.
The story follows a young female journalist writing for a oddly perverted men's journal, while not writing she goes out. a lot. which involves a lot of drinking, pot smoking, and quite a few sex escapades. until, she gets tasked to write a piece on a sports doctor and thus begins the love story.
This is Amy Schumer First screenplay and handles the task pretty well, The jokes at times cut deep into perversion and an abundance of fornication, but she than translates that into actually being a character dynamic, so its not just dirty to be dirty. She's irresponsible, uncaring and not very confident in herself. She even shows the origin of her beliefs and ideals through her father in the opening scene of the film. Her father is almost a future mirror image of her, which I thought was a neat touch.
She definitely knows how to write comedy, a lot of the jokes and gags got me laughing but I can definitely see how it would be a complete turn off for the more conservative folks in the world, the pot, booze, and her abundant sex life. The sex actually hits a particular cord for me, I noticed a lot of people wincing at the fact that she slept with tons of guys, and multiple lines of calling her a whore and slut were thrown out during the movie itself as well, but I just find it odd that if a guy has sex with multiple women in films he's perceived as Suave or cool, but a girl is portrayed as nasty or filthy this movie embraces the filthy nasty view. It just got me thinking about the image that is automatically portrayed towards women in media and how I think its eschewed. maybe in another blog ill go deeper into that. I admire that the movie approached the concept it with no restraints.
After the midway point Amy tries to tackle more depth than I was expecting with the father and sister, and with the falling in love portion, and she mostly succeeds, the film grows a heart as it continues and though it wasn't a huge emotional pivot. It was a nice overtone that showed another side of the plot, some humanity. A lot of those conservative folks that can get through the first 30 minutes of the film might find something worth watching.
The acting in the film wasn't bad either, most the supporting actors/actresses have pretty good comedic timing with their jokes, even though most of the jokes could be simple improv. They all manage well.
This is the first time I've seen Amy perform and I was pretty impressed. She played the roll well and she definitely knows comedy. Probably by her history of stand up , and her TV show "Inside Amy Schumer" which by the way she writes herself too. I haven't seen it yet but I will definitely give it a shot now.
Bill Hader does his part well as the love interest and the moral compass of the relationship, I'm a huge fan of Hader so his lines and performance were all great by me.
Also I'm not a fan of the whole LeBron James skits, I hate seeing famous non-actors doing cameos, they're distracting and it just pulls me out of the movie, and all his scenes could of been cut and it wouldn't have even phased the film.
And before I wrap up, we can talk about Judd Apatow
He's pretty much a veteran of comedy films, producing and writing tons of films over the past decade, he's Directing filmography includes, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People and his last film This Is 40
So in terms of directing the film is extremely basic, and straight cut, nothing snazzy or fancy was attempted which is typical of Judd Apatow, but I do consider that this the weakest point of the film, not pushing the visual story is dumb in a medium that is extremely visual but nothing stood out as bad or horrible. The one unique thing is that Mr. Apatow did not write this film, all of his previous films were exclusively written by himself and that honestly gives it a different vibe from his past works.
So in ending..
Raunchy, Vulgar, and Perverted. Amy Schumer's First screenplay of a TrainWreck Finding love, Grows some heart as it continues. The comedy cuts deep at times, but falls at flat at others. Has a pretty well written lead character with depth and emotion and Directed amicably by Judd Apatow. The film will turn off more conservative audience members at the start with all the excess drugs, alcohol and sex.. but, if you stay the film reveals a light-hearted story at its core.