I’ll keep this very brief, but here are my picks for the top 5 summer movies of this year.
5) Jurassic World – I know a lot of people disagree with me here, but it’s two hours of nostalgia at its finest. Funny and suspenseful, Jurassic World keeps me invested as a fan of the Jurassic Park franchise.
4) Trainwreck – I’ll ask this – why hadn’t I heard of Amy Schumer before seeing Trainwreck?! She’s fucking brilliant!
3) Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Tom Cruise hangs on the side of a plane, nearly drowns, crashes a car, and chases bad guys in a high speed motorcycle chase in the best installment of the franchise.
2) Inside Out – You know you found a special animated film that depicts the highs and lows of growing up while paying tribute to abstract art and disaster movies.
1) Mad Max: Fury Road – It’s the action movie no one expected to like then went back to see it three more times! Why? Because it’s a groundbreaking, beautiful, and thrilling spectacle.
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Amy Schumer’s Amy is the best on-screen hot mess I’ve seen in years. What makes her so likable is her brutal honesty and complex, self-aware nature.
“Trainwreck” is Judd Apatow’s (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up”) fifth film and it’s about Amy. She’s a woman raised by a jackass father (played by the underrated Colin Quinn) to believe monogamy isn’t realistic. She sleeps with several men (and women), drinks like a fish, and smokes her fair share of weed. Amy also works for a men’s magazine called “S’nuff” where she’s assigned to profile Bill Hader’s sports doctor, Aaron Conners. Could he be the guy to convince Amy monogamy is possible?
Once again, I have to applaud Schumer for her brilliant and raw sense of humor. Schumer wrote the film’s screenplay, which contains dirty talking instructions, a comparison between a woman’s period and the infamous “Red Wedding” scene from “Game of Thrones”, and an extended “walk of shame” sequence. This is comedy gold, people!
WARNING! MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
A lot of times, we see romantic comedies where the woman is at fault for the relationship’s demise, but here, it’s a two-way street between Amy and Aaron. You know your relationship will have bumpy roads when you have a trainwreck and an uptight inexperienced person learning each other’s flaws the hard way.
It’s not just the humor or the fresh perspective in romantic comedies that sell “Trainwreck;” it’s the cast. You have Brie Larson (“21 Jump Street”, “Short Term 12”) as Amy’s estranged foil of a sister, WWE’s John Cena as Amy’s clueless and closeted boyfriend, Ezra Miller (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) as an awkward intern, NBA’s Lebron James as a fictionalized version of himself, and the great Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”, “Snowpiercer”) as Amy’s narcissistic boss.
With all Apatow movies, you can expect some drawn out scenes and a few too many subplots, but I can forgive those minor flaws thanks to the genius of Amy Schumer.