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- Anna Kendrick (Cathy) is incredible and her performance is top-notch and draws you in from the first lines of “Still Hurting” when she laments the end of her marriage. Ms. Kendrick carries the film perfectly and keeps you captivated from beginning to end with each of her numbers and scenes.
- Jeremy Jordan (Jamie) is vocally strong opposite Ms. Kendrick and has some great moments especially during the emotionally charged “If I Didn’t Believe In You” and “Nobody Needs To Know“. But the film is definitely Anna Kendrick’s vehicle.
- Jason Robert Brown‘s score is still as lush as the original 2001 musical and thankfully all the songs are intact which is a rarity with movie adaptations (take Anna Kendrick’s Into the Woods for example).
- Richard LaGravenese‘ filming and direction is intimate and properly simplistic not distracting too much from the original musical’s intimacy and beauty of being a 2-person show.
- LaGravenese‘ direction may be one of the film’s strengths but it is also one of it’s weaknesses when he sees fit to bring in large numbers of extras that can be distracting, especially in Jamie’s “Moving Too Fast“.
- As I mentioned earlier, the timeline in the film can be a bit confusing for those who are unfamiliar with the show.
- The adult language from the musical has been toned down to allow for a PG-13 rating, meaning only one F-bomb is thrown out and that’s during Cathy’s “See I’m Smiling” and frankly it is one of the most fitting uses of the word – if there is such a thing – helping to demonstrate the character’s turmoil. [I am told the language has not been toned down in the album.]
- Now that the show’s numbers feature additional actors, that means that there are three sexually suggestive scenes during “Shiksa Goddess“, “I Can Do Better Than That“, and “Nobody Needs To Know” although they are brief and tame by PG-13 standards.
- The story is about the breakup of a marriage; not exactly roses and rainbows. Could definitely be a good opener for a family discussion.