Only really checked this film out as it’s one of those few shot on DSLR to make it to the cinemas.
Before I start I just want to address an issue within the independent market. From watching various low budget/indies I come to realise that tripods are almost never used. It’s almost as if it’s a requirement nowadays for being an indie. How do we show we’re an indie film? Ditch the tripod, shows we couldn’t afford one. Now most of these indies are story driven drama pieces as oppose to action flicks. Handheld camera work is usually attributed to giving a realistic feel and intensity. How much intensity and realism can one muster from a two-way conversation? It just seems rather careless sometimes. And it’s not like tripods aren’t accessible or extremely expensive. They’re relatively affordable. Doesn’t have to be top of the line £10k tripod, you can pick up a decent set for around £100. It just baffles me how when studying film, conventionally tripods are the norm (for a very good reason to) that indies shy away from. Is it just to be different?
But anyway, back to Like Crazy. I came across this film whilst looking for features shot on DSLR (that went to cinema) as a form of research for my own feature, and this one kept coming up. It was shot completely on the 7D, which you can actually tell when watching the film. The DSLRs do have a very distinct look when on screen. From reading interviews, it was said to be an improved film, that there weren’t any lines, which made the emotional scenes just that much better. I found it to be a rather interesting story. It tells the story of two young lovers who meet in America. Anna is a student from the UK whilst Jacob is American. When Anna is forced to stay in the UK, the two have to deal with the trials and tribulations that comes with long distance relationships. It starts off right at the beginning of the relationship between the characters and it kinda just hits the ground running. It was less about the creation of the relationship and more about the survival. Was well directed, the emotions were strongly present and it made you really care about the future of these two characters. There was a scene which really stuck with me. When Anna was being refused entry to the US, Jacob tried to see her at the airport, but failed. What I liked about this scene was not only the acting (which was the best in the film) but when he was running around the airport, it gradually got emptier and emptier, much like his feeling. He starts off overjoyed by seeing Anna again after so long, then to have that taken away would only leave one feeling empty.
The acting was overall good, at some points there wasn’t really much chemistry between the two leads, but that did get better as the film went on. My main beef with the film was the ending, which I will not spoil, but it gives off a very “is that it” feeling. The film spends most of it’s time building up to this moment and it’s presented really poorly, not really “ending” just kind of lingering.
But overall, I thought it was a pleasant watch. Not, fantastic, but enjoyable, and definitely a watch for those indie filmmakers out there. It goes to show that DSLR film-making can make it to the big screen.