Over the past couple of years, it’s been hard to avoid the Twilight hype so when movies about young love don’t involve vampires and werewolves, it’s a nice change. Like Crazy offers a refreshing take on the typical love story, as Director Drake Doremus delivers an intimate film about a young couple and hardships that come with distance and separation.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Like Crazy is the story of Jacob and Anna (played by Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones), college students who fall in love for the first time. Their bliss is interrupted when Anna, visiting from the U.K. on a student Visa, is denied entrance to the U.S when she tries to return home to Jacob. As a result, the test of their commitment begins, and along with it, comes heartache, loss, loneliness, joy, and everything else in between. Long distance relationships are difficult at any age, but when you’re so young, the inexperience in dealing with the situation can be too much to handle.
Where many romantic films often tie everything together in a nice, neat, and clichéd bow, Like Crazy, like life, avoids this and delivers a beautiful and moving story. This film will definitely be in my annual “Top Ten” at year’s end. Like Crazy gets an 8.5/10.