While the majority of Austin, Texas' South By Southwest Film Festival features independent films, there are a few Hollywood pictures that make their way into the event. These are primarily utilized to draw the crowds with its big name celebrities starring in highly anticipated titles. Well, the crowds certainly showed up for Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer's newest creation. Schumer has been known for her stand-up comedy for quite some time now, but she's finally delivering a film that she has both wrote and starred in. Apatow is famous around the world for his raunchy comedies that are generally about twenty minutes too long. While entertaining, Trainwreck suffers from the same fate, among other faults that hold it back from being the funniest motion picture of this Texan film festival.
Having grown up with a father who doesn't believe in monogamy, Amy (Amy Schumer) has followed in similar footsteps. She's a commitment-phobic journalist who writes for a gossip magazine. Amy is striving for an open promotion by day, and sleeping with men at night. She follows a set of rules to ensure that no romantic connection is formed. After she meets the sweet and smart sports physician named Aaron (Bill Hader), everything she ever knew about relationships is completely flipped on its head.
Download Trainwreck Movie Trainwreck begins with a monologue that successfully explains why Amy tries to avoid any genuine romantic relationships. As a young girl, her father lectures her and her sister, Kim (Brie Larson), on why he is getting a divorce with their mother. He rambles on about monogamy being unrealistic, which brings us to current day, as Amy sleeps with countless men. Screenwriter Amy Schumer plays with gender stereotypes by placing what is generally expected from a male role into a female lead. She continues to manipulate numerous clichés that are generally associated with romantic comedies. However, the first half of the film takes so long to plant the seeds that develop into real problems for Amy, that it causes the remainder of the story progressions to feel rushed. Schumer should have separated some of these elements in order to provide the characters and the jokes with space to breathe. As it stands, the second half is incredibly congested and the first half has very little to do.
Perhaps the biggest issue is that the jokes simply aren't that humorous. Schumer is one of the funniest comedians around, but this often doesn't feel like it's her work. The overall rhythm of the film has Judd Apatow's name written all over it, which begs the question, how much of this is actually made by Schumer? It isn't a coincidence that every plot beat resembles that of any Apatow film. The majority of the gags are strikingly familiar, and the banter between characters is heavily underutilized. Despite the fact that the characters themselves are relatively well-written, it's such a shame that it feels as if they're practically begging for laughter from the audience. Fortunately, the humor improves as the story moves forward, but most of it results in a chuckle rather than full-out laughter.
Watch Trainwreck Online Even though it continues to feel more busy over time, the second half is much stronger. The jokes hit harder, stakes are established, and we come to genuinely care about the characters in this world that Schumer has created. However, there are so many stories unfolding at the same time, that there isn't an adequate amount of attention paid to each one. However, there's actually quite a bit of quality content here. We know exactly what formula is being applied to every single joke and plot beat, but it's a pleasure to take this personal journey with Amy, where she's finally forced to come to a revelation that wakes her from the poisonous thoughts that her father placed in her mind. Trainwreck has a sentimental third act that works simply because of how genuine Amy comes across. We've seen this conclusion plenty of times elsewhere, but it's much more effective here than it usually is. The characters are so charming, that you'll just wish that the humor would match up.
Writer and star Amy Schumer has remained tremendously underrated in the film industry for years. She has a sense of charisma and screen presence that surpasses that of many comedy actresses. This remains true in this Judd Apatow-directed comedy. Most of the laughs are created by Schumer's physical performance rather than the dialogue itself. Bill Hader is convincing as Aaron, as he successfully plays the nice guy who genuinely cares for the Amy. However, the chemistry between Hader and Schumer is a bit rough. Other supporting performances from Brie Larson and John Cena deliver a few laughs, and even some moments of sincerity, but the film doesn't allow much space for any of these sequences.
Even despite the skeptics, Trainwreck had the potential to shine with Schumer's supposed heavy involvement. However, it's really a Judd Apatow film in a disguise, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but Schumer's voice feels muted. As the film stands, it tries to fit far too much within the feature's second act, leaving the first act feeling empty. Despite all of the film's issues, Schumer is remarkably charming and likable, and the supporting performances enhance the picture's many sub-plots. The dramatic elements feel genuine, but the comedy simply feels lost. Trainwreck is a hot mess, but at least it embraces it. Recommended.
Over the past couple years, Amy Schumer has earned her place as one of the most important comedians working together with her show Inside Amy Schumer, which masterfully combines blistering social commentary with solid, gut-busting laughs. And over the past 20 years, Judd Apatow has earned his place in the world of comedy as a writer, director, and producer. As a director, Apatow’s output has be waning; Funny People was half a good movie and This is 40 was simply tedious. So when news broke that the Apatow would be directing a script by Schumer, there was optimism. Here we have a vital young voice and a director needing to find his groove again. Maybe Trainwreck would revitalize Apatow and elevate Schumer’s star even further. Now, the very next morning, feeling slightly hungover with hair disheveled, I feel saddened and regretful to tell you that Trainwreck isn’t that movie.
Download Movies Online The film opens with a flashback presented in a gritty film aesthetic. Discussing his impending divorce with his children, Gordon (Collin Quinn) explains to his children that “monogamy isn’t realistic,” making the young girls repeat the mantra. Flash forward to the present, Amy (Schumer) lives in New York, where she finds her evenings occupied by excessive amounts and alcohol and random one-night stands. She works at a hip, snarky magazine, S’Nuff, and has a muscle-bound, moronic boyfriend played by wrestler John Cena. Her editor, a nearly unrecognizable Tilda Swinton, assigns her a story to do a profile piece on a prominent sports doctor, Aaron (Bill Hader). Meanwhile, Amy also has to deal with moving her father, stricken with multiple sclerosis, into an assisted living facility while arguing with her young sister Kim (Brie Larson), who is fully suburban and wants to move her father into a cheaper facility. Eventually, Amy and Aaron hit it off until Amy’s habits become a problem – then they don’t.
There are a number of genuinely funny moments in Trainwreck, but the dispersal of effective humor is so scattershot throughout the comedy that runs slightly over two hours. I’d be more critical of Schumer’s script if the film’s problems weren’t so distinct to Apatow’s recent output. Like his last couple films, Trainwreck is overstuffed and overlong, incapable of weaving together raunchy humor and sentimentality effectively over its lengthy running time. There are so many characters and subplots that pile up before getting a hurried conclusion, if they’re concluded at all. Towards the end, Trainwreck just mimics plot points from Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin right down to a song and dance conclusion.
In the same way the film is overflowing with subplots, it’s also overflowing with characters and cameos. This leads to some of the more interesting characters – mainly Amy’s co-workers at S’Nuff played by Vanessa Bayer, Jon Glaser, Randall Park, and the great Tilda Swinton – being underserved in the chaotic nature of the film’s many subplots. Of all the cameos, LeBron James does avail himself well in moments, but Apatow allows all of these scenes to run too long, diminishing their comedic punch. Trainwreck rivals Entourage with its sheer number of superfluous cameos, including Tony Romo, Amar’e Stoudemire, Marv Albert, Chris Evert, and Matthew Broderick – all of which could be excised from the film without affecting a thing other than improve the film’s pacing.
Trainwreck is a crushing disappointment because Amy Schumer is such a comedic talent. Within the film she displays wonderful comedic timing, knowing when best to be outrageous or subtle. She also displays an ability to get laughs without lines with expressive facial expressions and a form of physical humor. Sadly, at least as Trainwreck is concerned, Schumer’s writing isn’t up to snuff. While I understand that the subplot of a father dealing with multiple sclerosis is a form of personal catharsis for Schumer (she’s been open about her father’s struggle with MS), it doesn’t really work within the confines of the story being presented.
Download Trainwreck Movie Trainwreck is a staggering drunk of a movie. At first, it’s endearing with some genuinely funny moments before the alcohol takes hold and the brain is incapable of finishing any thoughts – “Let me tell you about my sister, which brings me to Tony Romo!” I want more featuring Amy Schumer, but I also want more from Amy Schumer. Trainwreck seems to contain much more of Apatow’s voice than Schumer’s because it falls into the same traps that Apatow has been falling for the past couple of years. It saddens me to say that Trainwreck is one of the most disappointing movies of the year. Now I need a drink.