Like Crazy: I Want You – I Need You – I Love You – I Miss You (2011)

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Drama, Romance

While on a student visa from England, Anna meets and falls in love with an American college student, Jacob. Their relationship quickly becomes serious, as they continue to support each others’ passions. Anna dreams of getting into the field of journalism and Jacob seeks to make a living building furniture. As the visa is about the expire, Anna decides to extend her stay beyond the end date. Returning to England to spend the summer with her family, she becomes surprised to learn that she has been denied the ability to enter US soil with her violation of the terms of the visa. Attempting to make the relationship last long distance, both Anna and Jacob begin to struggle being apart. Jacob is able to travel to England to visit, but there are a number of new stressors on their relationship for which they could not have planned. With the suggestion and blessing of her parents, Anna and Jacob explore the idea of marriage to give them a chance to finally be together.

Starring: Anton Yelchin (Jacob), Felicity Jones (Anna), Jennifer Lawrence (Sam), Charlie Bewley (Simon), Alex Kingston (Jackie), Oliver Muirhead (Bernard), Finola Hughes (Liz), Chris Messina (Mike Appletree), Ben York Jones (Ross), Jamie Thomas King (Elliott)

While the actors represent the love and longing fairly well, the emotional elements of the film feel a little on the flat side. Between Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, there is a lot of angst at their troubled relationship situation. Lawrence provides a little bit of the controversial affair element, but even her character is a little on the flatter side. Alex Kingston and Oliver Muirhead are a pleasant addition as Jones’s parents.

  

Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones created this film surrounding the presence of the significance of love and distance. While the strength of their relationship seemed indestructible before she left California, Anna and Jacob quickly learned the difficulty of living apart and experiencing separate lives. It was clear that Anna was a little more monogamous and saw the possible longevity of their relationship, but Jacob’s infidelity definitely threatened the likelihood that they would work it out. While Anna seemed to know to an extent the questionable commitment of Jacob, she stuck by their relationship until the possibility of her visa approval changed. With time came the challenge of infidelity on both sides, though Anna never fully lost her interest in the possibility of their future together.

  

While it appears that distance is not going to be a problem for this couple in the beginning, the writers turn the focus on this challenge of loyalty and trust. While there are relationships that can survive at a distance, this film tries to highlight some of the challenges that distant couples may have to face. Jacob fell into a relationship with Sam, as the two both lived and worked together. He kept this a secret from Anna as much as he could, but she eventually figured it out but did not leave him. Jacob suspected that Anna was cheating with her neighbor, but she did begin to live with another man when it seemed like her chances of returning to the US had all but faded. When they finally were able to come back together, there was a hint of sadness in the way that their once beautiful relationship felt like a distant memory and that they now felt more like friendly strangers than a true couple. This could be the case for many other couple as they try to navigate what it means to remain faithful at a distance.

There are a number of elements of this film that are enjoyable to watch and the challenges between the pair are fairly engaging. The challenge with this film is that there are some inconsistent transitions between scenes and the emotions run a little flat in between some of the more significant moments of the story.

Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5

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