Review: Trainwreck

Amy Schumer is hot property right now after the success of her hit series ‘Inside Amy Schumer’, a film was not exactly an unexpected next step. Amy plays a semi-autobiographical version of herself, a somewhat successful writer working for a men’s magazine with a distaste to relationships and partial to the one night stand and booze. So what would happen were she confronted with a man who was actually a real candidate for something serious, a handsome surgeon with an impressive contact list.

What I’m most impressed by with this film is it’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a rom-com that’s for men and women. It is by no means an over the top love fest, doe-eyed romance, it is a modern, foul-mouthed, sexually explicit comedy focused on romance. Schumer uses her brilliant comedic timing and endless one liners as a love able train wreck of a woman who just needs to pull it together a little. Bill Hader is not someone you think of as a conventional leading man, that’s probably because he’s never really been one before, but after watching this film you realise he should have been. He’s the perfect combination of looks, nerd and comedy for which I hope he’ll see more leading roles coming his way. The chemistry between the two of them is fantastic with great banter making them an utterly believable couple that you actually want to work out because they’re so enjoyable to watch. It is basically a lesson of finding that person who helps you figure out your craziness while also loving you for and in spite of it.

What’s also impressive is the list of people that are actually in this film, to name just some: LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Jon Glaser, Ezra Miller, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Colin Quinn and that’s not even all of them but we may as well leave some as a surprise for anyone who hasn’t yet seen the film. James is a surprisingly clever choice, as the guy whose just looking out for his best friend when a new women comes into his life. It would be easy to dismiss this choice as blatant attempt to get a few more male viewers by throwing in a well known, scratch that, one of the MOST well known basketball players in the history of the game. Ignoring that for a minute, it actually works out really well, James is convincing and funny and sweet, which is a pleasant surprise.

Trainwreck, is a funny and charming film that really brings something new to the rom-com genre with a mixture of wit and physical comedy, it pulls us out of the 80s/90s films that are just too unbelievable yet predictable; there’s a much more realistic tone to it. This is another hit for Schumer and it looks like she’s only going to get better.

Verdict: 8/10

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