Remember how, in the way back when days, people were making movies on miniDV and using the cheap format as an excuse to tell us stories that didn’t seem to make any sense? Yeah, those days haven’t left us yet. These days, relatively famous Hollywood talent goes slumming in HD. In movies like Like Crazy.
This is one of those movies during which the entire audience is riding the ‘way ahead of you pal’ train while the main characters trundle along on the ‘slow on the uptake’ stagecoach.
But this is low budget, sweat-and-tears cinema so you are not allowed to point fingers at the lack of logic or good sense in this movie. You are not allowed to scratch your head and wonder whether the slightly stalkerly behavior of the leading lady Anna (Felicity Jones) leads to feelings of true love from the leading man Jacob (Anton Yelchin) or a case of “take it, it’s free love”.
You are not allowed to wonder aloud whether a person overstaying on a student visa wouldn’t actually get into trouble when she left the country (rather than when she’s trying to re-enter it).
Most of all, you are not allowed to ask why these two would want to be together.
She is a blogger (insert eye roll here) and he is a furniture designer. She builds a life back home in London, he finds a girlfriend (Jennifer Lawrence) who also answers his work phone and takes down messages while wearing only a man’s shirt. But they keep trying to get back together.
Yeah I don’t get it either.
So I don’t know whom I’m supposed to root for.
And maybe young love is so messed up that there is no time for considering logic. But I don’t see any justification for putting the whole saga together in such a haphazard fashion that I don’t know how much time has passed, who slept with someone else first and how people keep ending up in each other’s countries without so much as the sound of a plane flying overhead (yes, sarcasm).
Affordable digital filmmaking technology has improved in leaps and bounds and even ‘no budget’ can look pretty good these days. Still I have to say, shallow focus is not the answer to a story without any focus at all.