Trainwreck

Not quite a Hatfield disaster, more like a 'leaves on the line' kind of Trainwreck for director Judd Apatow.

Since childhood, magazine writer Amy (Amy Schumer) has been schooled by her wayward father that monogamy doesn't work. Taking that learning, she has applied it to living a life of inhibited freedom, avoiding commitment of all kinds and generally doing what she pleases, when she pleases, with whom she pleases. Taking an assignment to write a bio on successful sports doctor, Aaron Connors (Bill Hader), she falls for his humble and honest ways. Feeling true love for the first time, she begins to question her life and debates whether now it the time to clean up her act.

First up, full disclosure: this did pass the Mark Kermode laughter test. I did laugh out loud at least five times, with many chuckles and smirks thrown in every couple of minutes. But, in the words of the previously mentioned doctor, 'here's the thing' - this film doesn't know if it's a crass ladette comedy or fairly traditional rom-com. There's too much drama for it to be the first and too many surreal moments for it to be the latter.

I saw Amy Schumer on Graham Norton a few months ago and had never seen or heard of her before but immediately liked her self-deprecating, sassy, quick fire response to his questions. They didn't feel rehearsed, she seemed to be one of the those genuinely quick and hilarious women we'd all like to have as a best mate. And the same can be said for the dialogue in Trainwreck as clearly the improvised lines drew the biggest laughs for me. 'No, he's not hot, he's like a Puerto Rican Gollum'.

However, Bill Hader is a bit of a odd casting choice for the romantic lead, as he's so well known for being the weird-out odd ball from SNL and I couldn't get beyond that. He's definitely charming, just not sure I want to see him smooching Amy (tongues and all) at the end of the film.

Taking up the 'odd ball' mantel instead if LeBron James. His fame was a bit lost on me, not being a basketball, (or for that matter sports), fan of any sort. Luckily, nether is Amy, so there is a bit of in-joke for some of the audience as she acknowledges she has no clue who he is. Nice to see a sports star without such a serious ego. His best lines are when he's acting like a teenage girl, interrogating her or Aaron about their blossoming relationship - 'when you feel the wind, do you hear his name? Well, do you?' 

Kathy Beale
But stealing the limelight is Amy's cold, cruel, callous boss played by... Tilda Swinton. Yup. The girl can do comedy. My goodness me, she's got brutally good timing for her lines. For about ten minutes I didn't recognise her, and convinced myself it was Kathy Beale. 'Fair play' I thought, 'she's broken into Hollywood' so unrecognisable is she.

Overall, this was ideal Friday night, irreverent entertainment, BUT, for the babysitters it was a bit long. I didn't really expect a rom-com to bounce the two hour mark, and frankly it didn't need to. Unlike Amy, who's 'real girl' figure is actually very trim and enviable, this film could have lost a few inches around it's baggy middle.

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