Lina Lamont

"What do you think I am, dumb or something?"

Like Crazy

This review first appeared in the Sunday Star Times, 29th January 2012

How far should you go to be with The One who’s not around versus the Good Enough who’s present? This is the question tacitly posed in Like Crazy, the story of a British exchange student who falls for an American boy and the perils of seeking a life together.

Chalet Girl‘s Felicity Jones is terrific, mature all of a sudden, as Anna, while Anton Yelchin (Chekov in the Star Trek prequel) is convincing as the young man who finds he’s in love before he’s ready for the commitment required to keep that ardour alive. With a lot of to-ing and fro-ing across the Atlantic, Anna and Jacob fight, split up, try to shake one another, try again, and generally keep us guessing as to how things will end up. To some extent the fickle action undermines any attempt to present more than a cursory look at the depth of love. What makes it work, however, is the naturalistic, unhysterical acting (the conflicts are authentically heartbreaking), and the realistically plotted script.

It’s not as potentially draining as it sounds, largely thanks to entertaining performances from Alex Kingston and Oliver Muirhead as Anna’s parents, though there’s too little screen time for the brilliant Jennifer Lawrence (Oscar-nominated for Winter’s Bone).


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