Here’s what I picked for this month, including short reviews:
dir. Drake Doremus ft. Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence
“Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is fragile. When a British college student falls for her American classmate, they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated by circumstances beyond their control. Like Crazy explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart.”
When it comes to romantic dramas I tend to be a bit picky. I always try to stay away from cliches and anything that seems too far fetched… or “sappy,” for the lack of a better term. But I picked up Like Crazy out of interest for the cast, and I was captivated by the writing and beautiful cinematography. The story of Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin) is one that, I feel, is original and moving in many ways. Anna, a British student studying in America, begins dating a fellow American, Jacob, and they quickly fall in love. But problems with her visa forces her to move back home in England, and, so, their relationship is strained, due to the long distance. While the ending isn’t as satisfactory as many would hope, I feel as though Like Crazy is as realistic as a love story can get. Director Drake Doremus perfectly captures the beautiful, but often complicated, intricacies of any relationship.
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern, performed by Jim Dale
“A circus, titled Le Cirque des Rêves, comes to town out of the blue and without warning. Within its tents, young magicians Celia and Marco compete to be the best, having done so since childhood. However, under the backdrop of their intense rivalry, a blossoming romance develops.”
I had first read The Night Circus on a flight to Ireland. It was so captivating and moving that I simply couldn’t put it down and finished it in 8 hours. If the summary isn’t enough to explain it’s complexities, I tend to describe The Night Circus as, Neil Gaiman meets The Hunger Games set in steampunk, Victorian England. There is a magical and mythical twist to The Night Circus, but I don’t think it’s too overpowering. Morgenstern seamlessly weaves together complex and romantic story lines, and brings unimaginable characters to life. Not only is the story itself enchanting, but the narrator, Jim Dale, will have you mesmerized as well.