Jesse Forever (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 91
One of the main
things that annoys me in modern movies is the unrealistic slice of life
dialogue when characters talk to one another. It's often excruciating to
endure. It's hard to know whether to blame the script or the acting or
the directing, probably a combination of all three. In any event, when
these silly scenes appear, interest wanes.
Directed by Lee
Toland Kriegar and written by Rashida Jones, who also plays the leading
role, and Will McCormack, who plays a supporting character, Skillz, this
is an acute, perceptive story of a girl, Celeste (Jones), who is too
smart for her own good.
What makes this
film such a gem is that the scenes and dialogue are straight out of
today's world. The people talk like people would actually talk, only
they are much funnier than most people actually are. The film is replete
with laugh out loud lines, even though the story is bittersweet.
Jesse (Andy Samberg) have been married for a decade and Celeste, who is
successful, thinks the best thing to do is get a divorce, as Jesse is
just kind of going along, accomplishing nothing. The result tugs at your
heartstrings when you are not laughing.
Jones gives an
Oscar®-quality performance and Samberg is not far behind. Good as
Samberg is, however, Jones carries the film, and it takes talent to play
a role like this because of the dichotomy between a love story that
seems to be taking the wrong path and genuine comedy.
The dialogue is
acute. This is a romantic comedy for the 21st-Century, one that
realistically captures life as it is today.
June 12, 2012