I promise to not give away anything of this little long distance love story.
I also really adore what Jesse Hawthrowne Ficks had to say about the film:
This Grand Jury Prize winner will be a hard sell to people wanting relief from their own difficult relationships. For those that stick through it, it will expose your darkest and weakest secrets about your fears of being alone versus being with someone to fill the void.
I had a thought today that I haven’t watched a love script in a while, in any manifestation. I always take comfort in a love-themed film, I guess I’m a major sap in that respect.
This film certainly didn’t let me down, it was exactly what I was expecting and even maybe a bit more. Leads Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones portray a convincing young couple in big love.
The entire film was shot on a DSLR, being no stranger to shaky hands and imperfect shots. On a side note, the director is only 28!
I think what got me was the soundtrack, perhaps I find films more accessible because I can relate to the music more. A soundtrack that parallels the one of my own life. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but a good soundtrack is a very easy way to win my heart over.
The thing I really enjoyed about the tunes used in this film was they were familiar, but I wasn’t singing along to them. I didn’t really know the songs. I had moments where I felt M83, The Tallest Man on Earth, or Stars in the closing credits, without having heard the songs before.
Stars “Dead Heart”… I actually had a little bit of a talk about Stars the other night. Stars are a band that I use to adore in high school, I can’t even begin to articulate. They were the band that saved me from loud, unruly music (sorry Nick). I kind of jumped ship after In Our Bedroom After the War – so to say Five Ghosts blew right through me, is no over statement (but a really bad pun). I however instantly recognised their distinct he said she said song dialogue and Amy Millan’s sweet voice. For a band I gave up after such a long romance, they’ve changed very little!
M83 has exploded. I latched on to Before the Dawn Heals Us in the twelfth grade to impress some lamo boy. Fortunately, he got me into some pretty sweet bands. “I Guess I’m Floating” is a brilliant tune off of that very album, it was used perfectly in the film –
Paul Simon is king. His album Graceland is all that. It was also the couple’s bonding album in the film –
I saw this band ages ago open up for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, caught the last few songs.