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The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years
  • 2014
  • US
  • 92 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Richard LaGravenese
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Meg Hudson
  • UK release: 17 April 2015

New York-set musical about struggling actress Cathy (Kendrick) and her five-year relationship with novelist Jamie (Jordan). A mostly moving and enjoyable sing-along session, with Kendrick especially good, although Jordan's theatrical tendencies don't transfer too well to the big screen.

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***There are two sides to every love story*** Film adaptation of the Broadway musical starring Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods, Up in the Air). A struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair taking place over a five year period.

Jamie (Jeremy Jordan), a young, talented up-and-coming novelist falls in love with Cathy (Anna Kendrick), a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. Cathys songs begin at the *end *of their relationship and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamies songs start at the *beginning *and move forward. They meet in the middle at a critical crossroads in their relationship.

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Natalie Knepp, Nic Novicki, Alan Simpson, Meg Hudson Director: Richard LaGravenese Year: 2015 Country: USA Language: English"Anna Kendrick, of all-round-awesome fame, is singing again in this adaptation of an off-Broadway musical" - TIME OUT

"Its a film to bring tears to the eyes of a cynic - in fact, a cynic might relish it more than anyone, since its the counterpointing of exuberance with unashamed bleakness that makes The Last Five Years so rich" - THE OBSERVER

"LaGraveneses direction remains appreciably intimate, ensuring this project ends up close to where it began: not one for the ages, perhaps, but a pretty good night out nevertheless" - DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Even if this doesnt go down in cinema history as a great musical, its certainly well worth a watch and a listen" - RADIO TIMES

"This is what Fifty Shades of Grey should have been. Only instead of whips and riding crops, the female lead must submit to infidelity and career humiliation" - Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

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The Last Five Years

13 Apr 20153 stars

Anna Kendrick is wonderful in this mostly successful and moving musical

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan star in a musical adapted for the screen by writer-director Richard LaGravenese (the original 2001 off-Broadway show was written by Jason Robert Brown) that explores the difficult balancing act between reaching for your…

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