Dusting Off The Shelf: Letter L

25 Mar

This week, the title hiding away on my shelf is bringing an entirely new genre to this series (I think we’ve had one from all the majors now, right?)~ musical! This week, I sat done to watch The Last Five Years. And one thing I will say… bring tissues.

Synopsis: The story of the beginning and the end of a love affair, with singing.

Jamie, a writer, tells their story from the beginning, while Cathy, an actress, looks back from the end… and they meet in the middle.

Why I chose this film: To be honest, I recently discovered Jeremy Jordan on Supergirl and decided he was adorable. So then in a search of his IMDB page I learned he was on Broadway and did this film (which is an adaptation of an off-Broadway show). So… adorable actor and a musical? Count me in!

I remember hearing about this show, but never saw it. I had a vague memory of a film, but it seemed like it would be confusing. (I would like to see it on-stage now) What you, dear readers, may not know is that I love musicals. I was a theatre kid- from audience to techie to performer, I’ve done it all (not outside of high school or the local amateur theatre, but still)- so, I love seeing shows. So I’m kicking myself for not seeing this one before right now… it’s really cute, and heartbreaking…

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan play Cathy and Jamie, basically the only two actors in the film (every one else is basically an extra). Honestly, it was a nice change of pace to only have two people to focus on, which sounds weird but so many stories are ensembles nowadays and stories get cluttered. Here it is just the two.

Will I watch it again: Let me answer this with my own question- did you read the part about adorable actor and a musical? Cuz… obviously I will be watching this again.

I had heard several of the songs on my satellite radio but now I understand the story they come from (which is important, because the songs here are all telling the story, so without the others it’s a little odd).

Why you should watch it too (or run far away!): Do you like musicals? Because if you don’t, then this is not the movie for you. But if you do… give it a go.

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