Review: Like Crazy

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), January 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

Review: Like Crazy


STARRING: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Oliver Muirhead, Alex Kingston, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley DIRECTOR: Drake Doremus CERTIFICATE: 12A RUNNING TIME: 90 mins REVIEWER'S RATING: ???? SHOWING: Showcase LOVE in its many wondrous forms is an essential component of the human experience.

As children, we love fearlessly and wholeheartedly, naive to the pain and disappointment that comes with age.

Every crush on a classmate, every nervous declaration is thrilling; every rejection crushes our self-confidence as if it were the end of the world.

First love scars us for the rest of our lives but time and again, we dust ourselves off.

Falling in love is just as frighteningly easy as falling out again in Drake Doremus's low-budget romance.

Following a 50-page outline, lead stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones explored every emotional nook and cranny of their transatlantic lovers, improvising the painful truths that sometimes lurk in silences.

This collaborative process between film-maker and cast reaps considerable rewards.

Like Crazy is a beautifully naturalistic portrait of an affair that will strike a chord with anyone who has taken that leap of faith and risked their heart.

Doremus's camera snuggles in bed with the characters and provides us with a piercing insight to their feelings as expectation turns to joy, or nervous anticipation becomes crushing despair.

British exchange student Anna (Felicity Jones) falls head over heels in love with talented design student Jacob (Anton Yelchin) during her time in Los Angeles. …

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