20 February 2015

The Last Five Years

Title: The Last Five Years
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Year: 2015
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Jeremy Jordan
  • Tamara Mintz
  • Cassandra Inman
  • Kate Meltzer
  • Emma Meltzer
  • Bettina Bresnan
  • Charly Bivona
  • Alex Stebbins
  • Lily LaGravenese
  • Bettine Joly
  • Upa Inspace
  • Lisa Herring
  • Nina Ordman

A struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.

The Last Five Years is an interesting movie about a couple's love affair from when they got together until they went their separate ways. It is a reflection on the last five years that Cathy Hiatt and Jamie Wellerstein have spent together, to see if maybe there's some lesson to be learned from their failed relationship.

It is actually based on a musical, so the characters are mostly singing their dialogues. Although I haven't seen the play prior to watching the movie adaptation, I am familiar with the songs because I have already listened to the soundtrack of the 2002 off-Broadway production of The Last 5 Years.

It wasn't told in a chronological order so it was a little confusing at times. It is sometimes easy to figure out where a particular scene falls in the timeline, but there are a few scenes wherein I don't know if it occurred when Cathy and Jamie are dating, or when they are already married to each other.

I wonder what's the purpose of the haphazard arrangement of the scenes. I mean, it would be easier to follow the story if it actually went in order of when things happened. And would that purpose be lost if the film was told in a linear way?

The Last Five Years