If you’ve ever been in love and been forced away leaving you without a single good option to make it work, this movie may be a very emotional experience for you. While we may remember such a sentiment in real life, having it portrayed well in film will surely creates a long line for aficionados of drama and bitter-romances.
Like Crazy is a 2011 film by Drake Doremus starring Anton Yechin and Felicity Jones. The story is about two people finding their path to true love but also having to face the difficulties that come with it along the way. Jacob (Yechin) met Anna (Jones) in college and soon a passionate relationship buds, one which they are sure will last forever. However, Anna is forced to return to England in the midst of their romance for two reasons: she must attend an important wedding back home, and she needs to go return to the UK before her student visa expires. When Anna decides to return to the U.S. after being home, she is denied entry. Being in love, the couple finds a way to make their relationship work until temptations on both sides complicate the once pure and simple relationship.
The connection between the two lead actors makes it the perfect match with each giving truly great performances in their respected roles. Yelchin and Jones create a strong chemistry that gives way for sincere emotions throughout the movie. The way Anna and Jacob look at each other when they first fall in love, followed by the heartache that follows with their soon severed connection strike a chilling chord in the heart of anyone who has ever experienced a similar situation.
Despite the stellar performances of the two lead actors, the film does not highlight the actors as much as one might think; giving way to cinematography and near-constant views of inanimate and seemingly unimportant props that supposedly give an insinuation of what is really going on in the lives of the two young lovers.
Although Jacob and Anna’s love for each other is manifested throughout the film, it hardly provided the drama that is often felt in true bitter-sweet or perhaps star-crossed romances. Doremus also gave less weight to what is traditionally underlined to convey a passionate attraction thus leaving the audience with some reservations as to what the real score between Anna and Jacob truly is Are they really in the realm of true love or finding themselves wanting to just love a person “one day”?
Nevertheless it is a powerful film that will most likely stir up the emotions of anyone who has been through long distance relationships, suffered from heartbreak and intense longing, and not knowing what to do when love starts with the “right person”, even if it is against all odds.