Comedy is a completely subjective art form. Whether you laugh or you yawn, each reaction is completely valid. Amy Schumer has smashed her way into Hollywood with her first starring role in Trainwreck, which may just be the best comedy of 2015.
Trainwreck is a film that is essentially based around a character Schumer plays in her stand-up comedy routines, as well as some of her real-life experiences. It follows Amy, a party girl who was taught at a young age that "monogamy is not realistic."
The comedy comes through in her hilarious interactions with the zany characters that surround her, but the heart of the story comes with Amy's relationship with both her father and her love-interest, Aaron (played by Bill Hader).
What I love about this film is that it's filled with plenty of laughs, whilst also retaining a sense of drama and reality. It teetered on the edge of being too much like Schumer's stand-up, or too much like your average romantic-comedy. In her first attempt, Schumer somehow avoided both of those scenarios and managed to blend her hilarious jokes in seamlessly with the story.
Trainwreck left me in stitches for the most part due to its terrific blend of hilarious characters and witty comedy. The two that stood out most would be Tilda Swinton's downright genius role as Amy's cantankerous boss, & John Cena's role as a man with the worst comebacks I've ever heard.
What I love most about Trainwreck is that Amy Schumer makes no attempt to be someone she's not. She breaks the norm of your typical female lead, giving us a fresh female character that we don't get to see often in cinema. A character who has more flaws than strengths, more crass than class, and more realness than cliché's.
This film is not without its flaws though. I found it ran a bit too long due to lengthy dramatic sequences and one-too-many jokes. Had it been edited down and refined more, this could have been one of the greatest comedy's I've seen.
At the end of the day, you need to identify with Schumer's style of comedy. If you enjoy her stand-up routines, you will absolutely enjoy this film. Trainwreck made me laugh so hard that I choked on my popcorn, which is why I call it one of the best films of 2015.