-Michael H. Weber
Based on the novel by:
-Jennifer Jason Leigh
-Mary Elizabeth Winstead
-Michael H. Weber
What It's Like:
Think of Superbad meeting Crazy Heart.
What It's Good For:
-The careers of Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, and James Pondsolt
-Captures the awkwardness of post-relationship relationships
-Captures the embarrassment of someone with no self-confidence
-Captures the pain of someone who doesn't love themself
-Showing the pain alcoholism can cause
-Showing the problem with the philosophy of "Living in the Now" without any concern for or time spent thinking about the future
-Making you laugh (Teller is hilarious)
-The fucking awesome build-up of music to the title screen
-Giving some of the ancillary characters some nice moments, rather than just failing to show them as people with reactions to what's going on
-Plays on cliche
-Ambiguous end could confuse viewers who need everything explained. But it has a purpose when related to the theme of "now vs. future", so is, I think, an appropriate end
-People could accuse the film of failing to really show the dangers of aggressive alcohol consumption
-Someone could complain about the discrepancy between how it looks when a character is injured ("HOLY SHIT") and the extent of the injury
-People might not like how the post-accident conversation goes (easy way out; but, this is in-line with who the characters are)
-I'm sure there will be (stupid) critics who call the movie "un-even" saying that it can't decide whether it wants to be a high school comedy, a romantic comedy, a tragedy, or a drama
This will be a movie people see previews for and want to see. This will be a movie many people are blown-away by. If it doesn't enter the pantheon of "must-see high school movies", right along films like Fast Times, Breakfast Club, Dazed & Confused, Mean Girls, American Pie, Clueless, Superbad, then 1,000 people can punch me in the face. I think Now is aware of these movies and does its best to build upon their strengths and avoid some of their pitfalls. Given Spectacular Now's mixture of depth, comedy, emotion and some great acting and direction (I loved the length of shots and the shot selection and composition), I'm ready to start an argument for this being the BEST high school movie of all-time. (Though it's hard to defeat Breakfast Club's breadth and relatability).
When the movie comes out, I'm excited to write an analysis about the use of alcohol (and why I think the film gives a more realistic portrayal rather than a dramatic one).
Will You See It:
Yes. A24 will distribute.