Like Crazy: directed by Drake Doremus; written by Ben York Jones, Drake Doremus
I suspect that it was my burgeoning appreciation for Anton Yelchin, which began with The Beaver earlier this year and then grew with Fright Night, was the reason for my anxiousness in regards to Like Crazy. This was despite the overly logical portion of my brain cognisant to the fact that it seemed poised to be one of those overly fluid, overly artsy, out-of-focus indies which wore its themes on its sleeves. Still, when I get interested in an actor I go all out and Doremus’ Like Crazy turned out to be just as I expected. Usually, I’m wary of people who use the word indie to describe a specific school of cinema - usually it’s not that cut-and-dry really, but all of its posturing and superficial thoughtfulness make Like Crazy seem like the theoretical concept of an “indie” film. It’s not an insult, but…
Jones and Yelchn are excellent at maneuvering the childishness that comes with such a romance without preventing from seeming overbearing and even as they're forced at times to play those clichéd moments of "love" on first dates, and mundane bedroom scenes which add nothing to the overall point of the exercise - whatever that is - they're affable together. Lawrence and Bewley both do well as their love-interests, the latter in particularly who is much more charming than the film wants him to be most of the time. The thing is, with two such personable leads I keep wondering why the only people rooting them on, or the only people whose sphere they coexist in are Anna's offbeat parents. Surely, such smart college graduates must have similarly smart college friends to exist with? And, surely this relationship is not really as based on whims as it is portrayed here. Doremus seems so focused on being quirky, and odd that he seems to forget that random little scenes at the beginning do not make a love for all time. And, I start to wonder just why this relationship is worth saving so terribly. I'm moved by what I see because it's beautifully presented, and the actors are lovely, but I don't really feel it.