The Sundance Fest’s biggest sale so far is Like Crazy, the follow-up film from Drake Doremus, who showed Douchebag here last year. That movie was a minor improv road comedy of the Mumblecore variety. (Speaking of which, SXSW grad Joe Swanberg’s first Sundance entry, Uncle Kent, has earned dismissive reviews here.)
Along with Elizabeth Olsen, Young Brit Felicity Jones is the fest’s breakout star a la Carey Mulligan. Jones popped as Miranda in Julie Taymor’s The Tempest. Hollywood is already onto her; she’s rumored to be in the running for Snow White and the Huntsman and is set to star in Page 8.
David Poland grills Doremus and Jones below:
According to my daughter, college student Nora Chute, Like Crazy is:
“an incredibly truthful and accurate portrayal of that first big love. The emotions you feel while watching the movie are the genuine ones from your own past, stirred up by this couple who can’t keep their hands off each other. How honest it is also means you know how it’s going to end (in a good way). The cons are that the couple are slightly more sappy and annoying versions of most of us, and the film being improvised makes the dialogue more stiff than it is natural. The best stuff is what happens between the two of them as they snuggle fully clothed in bed, and the trajectory of their relationship is spot on.”