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Chick flick movie review: Like Crazy

February 12, 2016

February is here, and the inevitable chick flick fest is imminent. Popular romantic films like “The Notebook”, “A Walk to Remember”, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, or “Dear John” are bound to be watched around the country.

A personal favorite romance of mine is one that kind of went under the radar. “Like Crazy” is a romantic drama film that was released in 2011 and still stands as one my favorite movies ever.

The film tells the story of two young lovers, Jacob and Anna. Jacob is an American college student that attends a college in Los Angeles. Anna attends the same college, but is a British exchange student who is going to school there on a student visa.

Anna and Jacob fall in love, spending all of their time together. In the heat of the moment, Anna decides to violate her student visa and stay with Jacob during the summer. After returning to her hometown to see her family, Anna is denied re-entry into the U.S. and is sent back to the United Kingdom, separating Anna and Jacob.

Without spoiling the rest of the movie, it is a fantastic depiction of the trials and hardships of a long distance relationship. For any students involved in a relationship where their significant other is out of reach, this movie will resonate with them.

The standout of “Like Crazy” isn’t the plot or the writing, but with the two leads Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones. Both sell the characters they play very well, and their chemistry is almost too convincing. A scene where their characters phone each other from across the globe is one of the best scenes in the movie.

The film’s score is also one it’s best qualities. Composed by pianist Dustin O’Halloran, the score helps bring out the emotion in all of the scenes and creates an atmosphere that just warms your heart.

With a relatable story, fantastic acting, lovely score and an ambiguous ending, “Like Crazy” is a great movie to watch alone or with your special someone this Valentine’s Day.

Cristian Corbett
News Editor

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