Trainwreck (2015) Review

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One of the better comedies in recent memory, highlighted by great performances and great writing. Trainwreck was a movie that I remember seeing trailers for when it was coming out. It was a movie that also got a lot of good press and great feedback from critics and the general audience. I never felt like it was my kind of movie though, just because it felt more like a typical kind of Rom Com, so I just passed on it. A few years later I gave it a shot and actually ended up liking it a lot. I haven’t seen it in a few years though and I felt like now was the perfect time to give it another watch to see if it holds up! My one drawback with this movie is that I am actually not a fan of Amy Schumer. I can’t deny that she is great in this movie and she does great work, but overall I just don’t enjoy her that much in anything else.

The striking thing about this movie is the writing and the performance by Schumer who is the lead and also the sole writer on the project. I don’t know anything about Schumer’s personal life, so I don’t know if this story was influenced by personal issues that she has in real life, but it really does feel like the writing came from a place that she could relate to. For me as a writer, there’s no better way to show the true feelings in a story than being able to relate with what you’re writing. It adds a personal layer to the project that shows more understanding and care than say if you were writing about something you know nothing about.

I would assume that she probably lives in New York or has lived in New York and maybe some of her characters traits are things that she genuinely struggled with. Again, I don’t know if that is the case, but if it is than I think it was a smart move of her to really embrace her own life to tell a story and give it a comedic spin to show how somebody can change. The story isn’t anything that we haven’t seen before since it’s about a person coming to terms with what it means to grow up and mature, but it’s all of the elements that brings us to the finale and the performance that make this movie so good.

Talking about performances though, this movie is full of great cameos and surprising cameos from our leads and from some of our smaller roles. The real standouts are obviously Schumer and Bill Hader who both have great chemistry together. While this is the first and really only movie that I like Schumer in, I believe Hader is the true standout by not only giving us some comedic moments, but showing that he has great dramatic chops too. Hader, coming off of his career on SNL was the true standout as I believe this is the first film I ever saw him in coming off of SNL and he is just fantastic.

Schumer is also the second standout as she falls right into her role in this movie which may be the fact that I would assume she is able to relate very well with the character she wrote. She’s goofy and hilarious to watch while also showing great range from where we start to where we end. They really were the focus, but I’d like to shout out all of the great cameos and excellent performances for what they had which includes John Cena, Brie Larson, and LeBron James. There are also many other great cameos and some smaller roles, but those three really stood out to me as being great to see and I wanted to see more of.

Comedy is an interesting thing to talk about because I feel like by a lot of people it isn’t seen as being as difficult as say being dramatic. I feel the opposite though, I think that comedy is incredibly hard to pull off without feeling too cheap or corny. This movie because of the writing balances the drama and comedy so well that it really is impressive to see. Because of that, I want to focus more on Schumer and her writing rather than her and her acting. I think this movie she kind of proves to me that she may have even more potential as a screenwriter than an actual actor.

It also isn’t entirely fair for me to say that since I’m just not a huge fan of her acting anyways, but I give credit where it’s due. This movie she really is great, but I think it’s because of her writing and I would like to see her focus more on that aspect of her career. I even looked at her writing credits and it looks like this is the only feature film that she’s written which is equally as impressive.

I could go on and on about the writing, but I need to move on to the fact that this really is one of the better comedies in recent memory and isn’t just a Rom Com. It’s a movie with a ton of heart and great comedic moments, but focuses on a character who is struggling with coming to terms with something new that she isn’t used to and realizing that she needs to do what makes her happy even if it’s not something she’s used to. There’s a great message in this movie that helps make it that much better to watch, but the comedy and drama again are so equally balanced that it makes the film a complete solid film from start to finish. It’s easily rewatchable and a fun time for friends and family.

Thinking about it more now though, maybe you shouldn’t watch this with your family. Specifically because of John Cena and his sex scene that is both hilarious and uncomfortable at the same time. This is a movie that I will easily recommend to anyone just because of how enjoyable it is and how well written it is. It’s one of the best comedies I’ve seen in recent memory and enjoyed just as much the second time as I did the first time. There’s a lot to love in this movie and I think anyone will enjoy it as much as I did and if you didn’t then I would be surprised since there was so much working against it for me when I first watched it. Either way, just give it a shot if you haven’t seen it before.

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