Written by / 8/21/2013 / No comments / , , , , , , ,

THE SPECTACULAR NOW

year: 2013 cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler rating: ***1/2
A cross between John Cusack’s pontificating good guy in SAY ANYTHING and Chris Penn’s boozing jock in THE WILD LIFE, a refreshingly average/realistic looking Miles Teller (who was Penn's character in the FOOTLOOSE remake) plays Sutter, the most popular kid in high school and a known campus party animal. It’s surprising to several people when he hooks up with smart girl Aimee, played by THE DESCENDANTS actress Shailene Woodley, and their romance blossoms.

The nice thing about SPECTACULAR NOW is it’s not that spectacular, and never tries to be. In several scenes, awkward moments play out without intrusive cuts... like the couple’s first sexual experience or anytime Sutter's confidence trumps those around him... making the film seem more realistic than catered to mainstream audiences.

Although Miles Teller plays the role a bit too grownup, often coming across more like a used car salesman than high schooler, and his routine drinking habit would better fit a thirty-five year old construction worker, he makes the part work, balancing vulnerability and wild card cockiness around ordinary people with their lives mapped out. Meanwhile, an intentionally plain looking Woodley remains a solid foundation, and their scenes together are never sappy or pretentious.

The third act – as Sutter meets his estranged father – could have been the point where melodrama replaces the story’s casual pace, but thankfully even the most intense moments remain on an even-keel that, like the main character’s personality, will keep you involved from start to finish.

Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Featured Post

MICHAEL GOUGH CONTROLS 'KONGA' FEATURING CLAIRE GORDON

Claire Gordon and Michael Gough in KORGA Year: 1961 A movie that finally proves dumb things can sound smart when spoken in an English ac...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Most Popular Last Year

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

FOR TELEVISION REVIEWS

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "You'd drink too if you were married to your mother." Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Blog Archive

ETERNAL ART OF FILM NOIR

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

MOVIES 1)THE FEARMAKERS 2)JAWS 3)LOCAL HERO 4)THE CROWDED SKY 5)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 6)VIOLENT SATURDAY 7)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 8)CANYON PASSAGE 9)SHARKS' TREASURE 10)HOT CARS 11)CURSE OF THE DEMON 12)HARDCORE 13)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 14)EASY LIVING 15)THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN 16)SWEENEY TWO 17)WICHITA 18)WHITE HEAT 19)AIR PATROL 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)THE SERGEANT 22)OTLEY 23)AL CAPONE 24)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 25)CANYON RIVER 26)DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 27)FIRECREEK 28)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD 29)LAURA 30)WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)ORSON WELLES 5)JACK NICHOLSON 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)GENE HACKMAN 10)VICTOR MATURE DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)MAURY DEXTER 7)JOHN GUILLERMIN 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)MICHAEL WINNER 10)SAM PECKINPAH ACTRESSES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME 1)THE GODFATHER PART II 2)GOODFELLAS 3)THE GODFATHER 4)LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 5)CHINATOWN

SCIENCE-FICTION STUFF

Popular This Month


Take a ride into DANA ANDREWS Cinema

BLOGS OF INTEREST

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

STARING INTO THE SIXTIES

STARING INTO THE SIXTIES
Wisdom. Inspiration. Wrestling Instruction.

HANGING IN THE EIGHTIES

All Time Popular

TARGETING THE SEVENTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

TALES AND REFLECTIONS
"Really cool and a lot of class." Yaphet Kotto

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE