Top Ten Films of 2015

3. The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

I know I am totally alone on this one. It’s not that no one else liked this movie, just no one loved this movie like I do. Richard LaGravenese‘s extremely faithful adaptation of Jason Robert Brown‘s beautiful 2001 Off-Broadway musical gets what’s important about a musical: the music. The entire story is packed into those melodies and lyrics, as the stage show is essentially alternating sung monologues. LaGravenese never gets in the way and lets the power of the songs hit you. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan are unbelievable as the couple who falls in and out of love, with Kendrick in particular giving a career-best performance. The structure of her side of the story going backwards and his forwards will turn a lot of people off if they don’t get on board with it quickly. The film being a musical will turn people off (unfortunately), but if you are up for a sung-through, highly emotional tale of mismatched love, you will not be disappointed.

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