First off, I love the advertising campaign, if you just go and google image ‘Crazy Stupid Love poster’ there are one’s with the captions - This is crazy, this is stupid & this is love. I think that’s great. Once you’ve seen the film they make sense, and yeah no, I really like it. Cheekily creative one might say. And one does say.
Okay with a cast like this (just realised I’ve chosen to upload a German poster, sorry) not much can go wrong. Steve Carell never fails to be funny. Ever. Ryan Gosling never fails to be shoot me in the face gorgeous. Ever. Emma Stone never fails to be amazing and quirky and gorgeous. Ever. So I have a lot of praise for this cast.
With so many different plot lines, and so many different emotions from each character towards other characters, I don’t know, it’s crazy that they’ve managed to keep it so simple. I didn’t even realise that it’s actually quite complicated. If it was delivered even the slightest bit wrong, everyone would be lost, but this film has managed to keep it delightfully simple, and it keeps it interesting.
Every relationship is, in it’s own way, great. I don’t want to say much as there are some twists, it’s not your standard chick flick it has genuinely unpredicatble twists and that’s what I love about this film. While some things can be guessed at in the first 5 minutes and remain true until the end, other things, you just do not see coming.
I’m just gonna mention two things. 1 - all of the the relationships, in particular Cal and Jacob’s bromance is just hilarious, are brilliantly written, and keep their own unique traits to each one. 2 - there’s some seriously good cinematography.
It’s like this film was designed for me, to shed new light on chick flicks.
plot: Brilliant. Predictable parts, yes, but there are many more unpredictable. It’s filled with romance and feels and some real golden comedy moments, it’s endearing and all in all really quite good.
fight scenes: Hah. yeah. This section still applies. Hilarious, especially if you keep an ear out to what’s being said, which is hard as there’s a lot of people here.
cinematography: Well once you’ve seen this film you’ll know what I’m on about. The scene with Cal in the bar being ‘good with women’. That is some brilliant cinematography. Obviously it was a montage moment, but it was made so much less cliché with the use of this effect. I’m not telling you what it is go and watch the film. Also, when Jacob and Cal are in the mall, and the camera pulls back to a shot of Emma in a restaurant, very smooth.
characters: I really do love the characters. They are all so well written, with the witty remarks and snappy comebacks, and like I said before they each have their own little traits that stay strong throughout the movie. There is nothing wrong with the characters at all.
score/soundtrack: The only song I remember is Animal by Miike Snow featuring. I was happy with that. I quite like Miike Snow.
romcom rating: It’s romancey, and it’s funny. I know that there always has to be some element of cringe in a chick flick, and this has a cringey scene. Not so cringey that there was an Easy A repeat, but cringey all the same. It’s also got some sadness and heartbreak, really it has every emotion in the book all weapped up in the concept of love and happy endings, with lots of laughs thrown in. A very high romcom rating.
overall rating: I’m going with 8/10. I find this a genuinely enjoyable movie, and I can easily rewatch it.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling may have something to do with that though.