Amy Schumer is quickly becoming one of the most popular comedians. Not only does she act in the new film Trainwreck, but she also wrote the script for this film, and it’s funny as Amy Schumer. Could this be Judd Apatow’s funniest film yet? Does LeBron James have a new career in acting waiting for him?
Who doesn’t love a good laugh? Comedy is an interesting genre in film because what we consider funny, may not be funny to them and vice versa, so it’s increasingly difficult to pen a script that will have wide appeal. Add romance to the mix and basically you have ten-folded the risk that the film will be a total flop. Amy Schumer stands tall, with her stilettos, to the test, and boy does her work shine. Never have I laughed so loud in a cinema. Could the fact that the cinema we were in was completely full have had something to do with all the fun?
This is basically Amy Schumer’s first lead role in movies, but she comes across as a natural, which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering her TV Series, Inside Amy Schumer is very much lead by her. Interestingly Amy Schumer is also a stand-up comedian. She steals the show in this film, and it’s her popularity that sells Trainwreck. Bill Hader, who plays Amy’s love interest in the film, also delivers a solid performance, but most importantly there is great on-screen chemistry that emanates from these two, making the experience all that more believable. Talking about believability, parts of the story are drawn out from Amy’s own personal life, adding emotional depth to this seemingly shallow comedy.
As much as Trainwreck tries to steer away from cliches, and even pokes fun at them, it also ironically bathes gloriously in them, particularly towards the end of the film. It feels drawn out in parts, considering it has an epic runtime of 125 minutes, but there is pay-off and you’ll be glad you made the effort.
John Cena is sure to reappear in this genre, or even in an Amy Schumer film, once you see his attempts at ‘dirty-talk’, you’ll know what I’m talking about. And then there is LeBron James. This is his first movie performance, and I am sure it will not be his last. He provides some truly memorable moments in this film, so if basketball wasn’t enough, it looks like LeBron James may indeed have an acting career ahead.
FilmMuncher’s, grab some popcorn, a fizzy drink and enjoy the laughs. This female driven comedy is refreshing and relevant. Trainwreck is sure to make you smile.
TRIVIA COOKIES: This is the first film that Judd Apatow directed, but did not write the script for.
This is the first movie script for Amy Schumer, and first lead performance.
Shot in 35mm film.