I have neglected my blog once again. I started this review when the film was still in theaters. I’ve since been able to watch it on HBO, so I’m a slacker for sure.
Ever since the trailer was released, I knew that Trainwreck was a film I wanted to see. Yes, I do love Amy Schumer and watch her show. And yes, I prefer films with female leads and films written by women. Biased and I don’t care.
But, you must understand that I raise my expectations for a film like this because I want more people to support women writers and films that break stereotypes for women.
And maybe Trainwreck doesn’t break all stereotypes about women, but it does a good job portraying a female who isn’t dying to get married and have kids and pointing out the uncomfortable moments when people do pressure women into these things. Finally a film that speaks to me and even covered the awkward conversations where people make judgments and wonder what went wrong in my life.
We should value and celebrate the diverse roles women play in the world and stop trying to push people down paths they don’t want. Some women want to have children and some don’t. Finally a film portrays the awkward moment when someone assumes all women want to have children meets a women who doesn’t want to have children.
This film is filled with comics. If you watch standup or Saturday Night Live, you’ll see some memorable people popping in and out of the film including Dave Attel, Leslie Jones, and Pete Davidson (to name a few).
One thing this film does right is blending conversational and physical comedy. Films that focus on conversational comedy will often times fall flat while films that overdue physical comedy become campy and crude.
This blending of comedies works well when one person may enjoy the conversational humor (like me) and another enjoys the physical humor (like my spouse).
The hidden gem in this film is LeBron James. While everyone expected Amy Schumer to play the not-so-typical female, nobody expected LeBron James to play basketball against Bill Hader or to say things like “Do you know Cleveland is great for the whole family?”
Some criticism of the film is that the ending drags on a little long. It does start to feel that way, and at some point, I roll my eyes at cliche movie tropes. But the final scenes of the film are hilarious.
Given that women rarely get to tell their own stories on the big screen, I don’t mind it dragging out a little longer. Let the girl have her spotlight and make it funny and make it unique. This film is not only watch-worthy, but it’s also re-watchable.