‘The Last Five Years’ Movie Review

Taylor-Louise Rowley (@ItsTTTTaylor) The Last Five Years featuring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan is based on Jason Robert Brown’s musical of the same name. The story is told as an intercutting time line; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backward to the beginning while Jamie’s start at the beginning of their relationship and move forward to the end of it. They both meet in the middle when Jamie proposes. There are only a few instances where Cathy and Jamie sing together, with each section of their lives they spend together portrayed purely by a song sung from one to the other. We open with Cathy and her opening song ‘Still Hurting’, this is at the very end of their relationship and we see her alone in the apartment she shares with Jamie. We then jump forward to Jamie, five years earlier, having just met Cathy. The movie continues like this jumping back and forward over the course of five years as we follow the highs and lows of their relationship. We see Jamie become a successful writer during ‘Moving Too Fast’, celebrating their first Christmas together where Jamie promises to support Cathys dream of acting in ‘The Schmule Song’, right to Jamie fighting the temptation of other women during ‘A Miracle Would Happen’. They movie overall is nearly comprised entirely of musical number with very few spoken words exchanged. This I feel really helped to make the time pass very quick, it does not really feel as though the movie only lasts an hour and a half. Something that most musical movies fail to achieve as they end up lasting hours due to trying to include everything from the stage production. The Last Five Years succeeds in portraying, obviously the last five years, almost exactly as it does in the show. Anna Kendrick is obviously very well known for her singing but is also seemingly single handedly trying to bring back movie musicals, and in all honestly I think she might just succeed. Jeremy Jordan, is definitely one of my favourite stage singers and, I’m not going to lie, I screamed a little bit when I found out he was going to be playing the role of Jamie. I have always been a fan of movie musicals right back to the old school ‘Singing In The Rain’ and ‘High Society’, so despite never having seen the stage show I knew this was going to be a movie I’d enjoy. The movie itself, despite sounding a bit complex, is actually very easy to follow and it becomes very obvious early on where in the timeline they are when they sing. There are some very funny moments, all of which are placed very delicately between very serious scenes. One of my favourite moments was Jeremy Jordan dancing while trying to be a magical singing clock, honestly had me in hysterics! (Like legit tears-streaming-down-my-face funny!) tumblr_njzatyoEda1tliu81o1_500tumblr_njzatyoEda1tliu81o3_500tumblr_njzatyoEda1tliu81o2_500 The acting is incredible, as is the singing and it is a visually beautiful film, I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the original stage show or of musicals in general. Taylor-Louise Rowley @ItsTTTTaylor Cover Photo – http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTA2MTMwMjIxMTdeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDAwMTYxNzMx._V1_SX214_AL_.jpg