Title – Trainwreck (2015)
Director – Judd Apatow (Knocked Up)
Cast – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Lebron James, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, John Cena
Plot – Never one to stick around for a long term relationship, New York magazine journalist Amy (Schumer) finds herself against her will falling in love with sports doctor Aaron (Hader).
“You need to focus if you want to take it to the next level”
Review by Eddie on 16/11/2015
Seemingly overnight stand-up comedian Amy Schumer has taken over the world. From TV appearances, comedy festivals, books and of course her first leading role feature Trainwreck, the foul mouthed female first lady of comedy seems to have not put a foot wrong yet in her quest to become a household name.
With this Judd Apatow directed effort, his first since the one-two misstep of Funny People and This is 40, there was certainly even more love flowing in for Schumer’s specific skill set of running her mouth and poking fun at her persona with large box office receipts the world over and critics heralding in the new era of female led comedy that Schumer has now found herself the face of but I for one am not buying what she is selling, at least not on the back of this effort.
In what some people may call a unique take on the rom-com, a commitment-phobic alcoholic who prefers flings to long term relationships but happens to be a girl, Schumer and Apatow pull the wool over most people’s faces and just swap a Seth Rogen like character into the body of a female and the whole story plays out in a totally and utterly predictable fashion that also continues Apatow’s bad habit of under editing his mostly improvised tales.
8 out of 10 jokes fall flat, scenes continue on often minutes to long and Schumer realistically just plays a heightened version of her real life self and is overshadowed by a downplaying Bill Hader and is totally outplayed by NBA superstar Lebron James who walks away with most of the films best lines and mirroring real life is the MVP here.
You just can’t help but feel Trainwreck is one of those projects that feels very self-assured in its own worth and topically loaded conversations and scenarios but come the films end after a bloated 2 hours, not a whole lot was actually said and not a whole lot learned and for a film that seemed to want to play with conventions, everything is utterly conventional by design and reason.
Saved by a few standout jokes and winning supports from the likes of James and also a scene stealing John Cena, Trainwreck can find itself assured of a position in one of 2015’s most overrated pile and yet another film that seems designed purely to fulfil Judd Apatow’s own vanity project wish list that almost always end up being far to drawn out for their own good.
2 friendly homeless guys out of 5