You'll fall for the luminous Miss Felicity Jones… Like Crazy
Like Crazy (12A)
Verdict: Enjoyably soppy dates
Here’s a cute indie romance, aimed at young women and dating couples.
It’s too light on plot to be a mega-hit, and a bit gloomy for my taste, but worth seeing for a luminous performance by Felicity Jones, who’s even more impressive than she was in Chalet Girl.
Essentially, it’s a story of a British college student in the U.S. (Jones) who outstays her visa and over the next few years reaps the consequences for her budding romance with an American fellow student (Anton Yelchin).
Young love: Anton Yelchin plays Jacob and Felicity Jones plays Anna in Like Crazy
Writer-director Drake Doremus’s leading characters immediately find stimulating jobs after graduation with miraculous ease — but that will probably make it all the more commercial as a piece of wish-fulfilment.
Few films recently have captured so well the naivety and heartbreak of young love.
The truth about the central couple (pictured), unacknowledged by them, is that they are immature, so respond impulsively and not always sensibly to every situation.
It will resonate with many young people and remind older ones of past mistakes.
A Monster In Paris (U)
Bibo Bergeron directed two forgettable animated Hollywood movies, The Road To El Dorado and Shark Tale.
Now he’s returned to his native France, and his new film is worth seeing for its loving 3D recreation of 1910 Paris.
The plot, sadly, is vieux chapeau.
Not quite a hit: Vanessa Paradis as Lucille stars in A Monster In Paris
Cabaret singer Lucille (right, voiced by Vanessa Paradis) falls for monster Francoeur (sung by Sean Lennon, John’s son). He’s a huge performing flea created in a laboratory.
You’d think fun could be had with the idea of fleeing a flea, but gags are few and far between. Just as disappointing is the villain, a Parisian politician — over-acted by Danny Huston — bent on killing the monster.
The songs are catchy, if not in period, and there’s lots to please the eye.
But I suspect even the most Francophile child may find it all a bit deja-vu.