Review by PJ Steen
Director: Judd Apatow
Writer: Amy Schumer
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader. Also featuring Colin Quin, Dave Attell, John Cena
The only trainwreck involved in this film, is the title itself, from there on, everything is simply comedic platinum!
Trainwreck is an astonishingly brilliant film written by the insanely talented Amy Schumer in her debut leading film role.
It tells the tale of promiscuous and fun-loving Amy, who has for most of her life, managed to avoid falling in love, who simply enjoys her single life with the freedom of seeing a large assortment of male partners, whilst also balancing her job as a journalist for a men’s magazine (amusingly called “S’NUFF”).
It’s on an assignment for her magazine, that she meets the adorable and conservative Doctor Aaron (played by SNL legend Bill Hader), who instantly falls head over heels for Amy.
The problem for Amy is, that she doesn’t know how to face the inevitable reality that she is falling in love with Aaron in return, a concept far beyond her realm of comfort and normality.
What makes this dynamic between the two lead actors so amusing and delightfully refreshing, is purely the fact that for once on screen we are seeing the female as being afraid of commitment, and the male lead who wants nothing but relationship, it creates an array of well timed punch lines and catchphrases which are sure to be repeated at office water coolers world wide.
Trainwreck also is jam-packed full with an incredible supporting cast, with honorable mentions to NBA legend LeBron James, an unrecognizable Tilda Swinton (you may remember her as the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia) as Amy’s demanding boss Dianne, and a memorable performance by WWE Superstar John Cena (who is bound to receive an influx of google alerts from now on).
Along with this fantastic cast are some clever cameos from stars such as; Matthew Broderick, Marisa Tomei and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.
Along with its faultless lines, delivery and humor, Trainwreck also has its fair share of touching moments.
Schumer deserves nothing but praise in her portrayal of Amy, with this amazingly talented actor having the gift to really draw emotion from the audience leaving you crying and laughing at just the right moments.
Director Apatow, who is well-known in the world of comedy for such blockbusters as; “The 40 year-old Virgin”, “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express” has again struck gold with this film.
I can only describe it as Sex and the City for real every day modern women, but with so much more to offer.
It’ll have you laugh, cry, cringe, gag but most of all, will leave you feeling what all romantic comedies should do set out to do, warmth.
Trainwreck it may be in title, but everything else is pure brilliance!
Rating; 5 out of 5 Stars.