|Directed by:||Drake Doremus|
|Written by:||Ben Jones|
|Cast:||Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin|
Like Crazy along with another recent favorite of mine - Blue Valentine - can easily be played as a double feature in a showcase of modern "unromanticized" love genre that, to my knowledge, had first shown its roots in Mike Nichols' Closer, and please, the more the better. I am glad modern day filmmakers are recognizing that love and relationships aren't sunshines and rainbows as its been portrayed for years. A little bit of truth, needs to be injected in this genre to balance things out, Drake Doremus does just that. Inspired as well as based on his and fellow screenwriter Ben York Jones' real experience in long distance relationships, this film brings an honest approach to the relationship between two college kids caught in a predicament when one chooses to overstay the Visa's welcome to the good ol' USA. What follows is how the two try to keep the fire going while living on two different sides of the Ocean. I found it to be quite genuine (most of the dialogue was ad-libbed with a 'goal in mind') but the film does have some slight faults but not enough to sway me into a territory of dislike.