Like Crazy (2011)
Directed by Drake Doremus
Starring: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin
Like Crazy continues to tell the realities of love rather than the Hollywood, mainstream romances we’re used to seeing littering the movie theaters. Last year, Blue Valentine crushed our hearts when a young couple couldn’t get their marriage back on track. In Like Crazy, we meet a young couple that were given plenty of chances, but simply weren’t meant to be.
There is a very delicate and magical feeling throughout the film, which is largely credited because of Drake Doremus’ decision of allowing the actors to improvise a lot of the scenes. There is no questioning Jacob (Yelchin) and Anna (Jones) as try their hardest to hold onto their powerful love for each other. You can see it in every kiss, the way they smile at each other, and the romantic gestures they present. From the wooden chair, the notebook of clips and poems, and the silver bracelet with the word “Patience” written on it, it’s clear that they mean more to each other than anyone else in the world.
In the center of Like Crazy are the two leads played by Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin. Without these two, the movie would’ve been an empty, soul-less melodrama, but because they played such down-to-earth characters that we can relate to, it makes the film even more heart-felt. Anna and Jacob met in college in Los Angeles. After a few months together, Anna’s student visa expires and she is to return to England, but the spontaneity of young love gets the better of them and she stays. What they don’t know is this action will have consequences that they will soon regret.
This film does a lot of things correct, but one thing that stands out was how every small moment shown in Anna and Jacob’s lives seemed so important to their lasting love. From every person they talked to, every job promotion, and every blank stare at a table of friends, it was certain that their time apart felt like time being wasted. But with a long-distance relationship, their passion kept fading away. How many times could they jump-start their love for each other?
Like Crazy is a smart and romantic film that reminds us to cherish the little things because if you squander them, there’s not much you have left in the end. It’s also a reminder how consequential it could be to think with your heart instead of your mind. With young, blossoming love, that’s almost impossible to do, but with every mistake that one makes in their life, you can’t help wondering “what if?”