Sundance-wowing romance starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones
Winner of 2011’s Sundance Grand Jury prize, Like Crazy is a long-distance love story mired in the complications of modern-day living. Anna (Felicity Jones) is a British student living in Los Angeles who spends the perfect summer with Jacob (Anton Yelchin). So much so, she overstays her visa - a foolhardy decision that soon keeps these lovers apart.
What follows is a tortured romance, as Anna and Jacob battle US embassy red tape, the difficulties of separation and the inevitable arrival of other lovers (including Jennifer Lawrence, in an underwritten role). Shorn of Hollywood hearts and flowers, Doremus neatly captures the ups and downs of a relationship, from the first flush of love to the jealousies and resentments that gradually erode it.
With dialogue improvised by the cast, adding to the film’s beguiling naturalism, Jones is particularly good as the naïve Anna. Less convincing is Yelchin (why he leaves two women besotted is anyone’s guess). And the film’s meandering final third, as Anna and Jacob yo-yo back and forth, lacks real punch. Nevertheless Like Crazy has much to offer; just don’t take a first date.