With big comedy names like Judd Apatow directing and Bill Hader costarring, it' should come as a surprise to no one that Amy Schumer's film debut Trainwreck is worth watching. And although its story isn't unique, it brings a lot more to the table than your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy.
In all things professional and personal, Amy's life is right where she wants it to be. Her problems seem simple and the men (including WWE's John Cena) she casually dates are even more so - much to her pleasure.
But when the happy-go-lucky commitment-phobic Amy finally meets Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), her life takes an unexpected turn in more than one way and is forced to grow up to face what really matters.
Again, viewers likely won't be "wowed" by the originality of the plot and many of the old rom-com tropes make a appearance (not that I minded), so it's not the story itself that's fascinating, but the way in which Amy Schumer tells it. The role reversal has Schumer playing what would traditionally be the man's, allowing her to explore the side of women that we all know, but are too afraid to reveal.
To the delight of some and the dismay of others, audiences will find that while the romantic aspect of Trainwreck plays a big part in moving things along, it ends up being a singular plot device in a multifaceted storyline. The film takes a few unexpected turns that give what could have been a stale rom-com a breath of fresh air.
Both Schumer and Hader play their roles well, although they both seemed somewhat stifled, almost like they are both ready to play bigger characters than the roles allowed. The rest of the supporting cast was also more than capable of standing out in the comedy crowd.
With surprise appearances from a number of NBA and SNL alums - two acronyms that I was never certain would ever be said in the same sentence - and Tilda Swinton, the sheer number of characters and cameos in Trainwreck is on the higher end and sometimes seemed in excess. But even though some roles weren't necessary and only added a modicum of comedic value, they never detracted from the storyline.
Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) and Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live), both stood out in their roles as the concerned sister and eccentric best friend (respectively) to a tee. If you've ever heard hilariously familiar dialogue that made you think Wow, that sounds exactly like me and my friends!, prepare yourself for about two hours of that.
A surprisingly sentimental film, Schumer and Hader’s rom-com duo will tug at your heartstrings one minute and have your stomach hurting with laughter the next.
In short, Trainwreck won't go down as Judd Aptatow or Amy Schumer's best work, but I think that's a good thing! Judd Apatow's influences are clear and it's evident that the veteran director is aiding Schumer in reaching her full potential in creating feature-length films. Having penned the screenplay and starred in the film, Trainwreck definitely sets the stage for Amy Schumer's (hopefully) long and fruitful career.
The Amy Schumer train is finally pulling into the station, and everyone will want to climb aboard.
Trainwreck will be released in theaters starting today (July 17).