Watch: The Last Five Years 2014 123movies, Full Movie Online – The Last 5 Years by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes..
Plot: In New York, a struggling actress and a successful writer sing about their failed marriage from two perspectives.
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A Heavy, Heart-Wrenching, Heavenly Movie
This movie worried me. Being a fan of the original work, I was truly worried. Given the intricate and complicated mode or storytelling, as well as the music, which is advanced music, far above the simple rock chords of RENT or PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, I worried that either it wouldn’t transfer well or that the charm and emotional pull of the piece would be lost. Let me set those worries right to rest – this musical is everything the original work was and more, but more importantly, this musical is fresh. What do I mean by fresh? Well, the original work was performed in 2002. Some of the lyrics reflect that (eg, references to Borders bookstores). But the musical has been revitalized for a more modern audience. Skype is used, Russell Crowe’s less-than-wonderful musical turn is referenced. The orchestration is updated, but not mangled, to fit a more mainstream audience.
Now, onto the actual movie.
First, the stars. This may be one of the best musical movies ever made, simply because of the casting. For those that don’t know, the story focuses on only two characters – Cathy and Jamie. No one else sings, and virtually no one else has any sort of character. Most oftentimes, the film industry casts star pull over talent, as evidenced by Russell Crowe as Javert, Gerard Butler as the Phantom of the Opera, and Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd. But this is not the case here. While Anna Kendrick has some star pull with her recent success, she is clearly more talent that star power. She truly shines as Cathy, a slightly bookish, slightly wimpy musical theater star-in-the-making. Her vocal power is just what this role has been yearning for. On the other end of the spectrum, you have Jeremy Jordan, whom only musical theater fans will know. His success on the cult favorite hit, SMASH, notwithstanding, Jordan is here purely for talent. And what a talent he is! Surpassing everyone who has played the role thus far, Jordan winks and smiles his way through as the impish egotistical, yet loving Jamie. The stars are perfect for the roles they’re in – nuff said.
Now, the direction. Richard LaGravanese works wonders with the movie. The way he chose to present each scene and how they all tie together in the end is a work of art and a joy to behold as a musical theater nerd myself.
Third, the cinematography. This is the ONLY (read: only) slight qualm I have with the film. The shooting style, at times, feel cagey, and sometimes too intimate. This is a very intimate story, but sometimes, the camera work feels like it was not used to its full effect. Then, however, there are times when the movie works beautifully on a cinematographic level. The sequence, “A Summer In Ohio” is one of the best-choreographed and best-shot musical numbers ever. “The Next Ten Minutes”, however, is one of the worst. You’re getting both ends of the spectrum here.
There’s not much else to talk about. There was no big special effects budget. There is no supporting cast to speak of. The music is immune to criticism. If you love musical theater, The Last Five years stage play, love stories, or just interesting movies, this is the movie for you!
Anna Kendrick makes it worth it, in all honesty.
-The Last Five Years (2015) movie review: -The Last Five Years is a rom-com musical, based on the musical of the same name, about a struggling actress and her boyfriend/husband, a successful novelist, who have split up, and how they got to that point over the five years they were together. If only I had known what it was about before I watched it. (sigh) -So it had some ups and downs, but I did find myself enjoying the film. Anyway, on to the review! -The story was interested and compelling, but the editing in different time-frames was somewhat confusing without clarification.
-The pace was good, but one thing you should know first: The entire film was singing. Like Les Mis, but half as long. And modern. And not as good. But just as depressing. (sigh) -The acting was good. It stars Anna Kendrick, otherwise known as the reason I watched it, and Jeremy Jordan, otherwise known as the reasons I did not like the story too much. They both did a good job and can sing.
-The characters are not all that likable. You are supposed to get behind them and hope it all works out, but in the end they are both really selfish people arguing in song.
-The music is probably the most important thing I have to judge. I did enjoy the music. It was consistent, compelling, and elicited emotion. There was one song that went on for WAY too long, but then Anna Kendrick made fun of the length, so I forgave it.
-There are moments in the film that help it be a compelling, entertaining, and enjoyable film. However I feel like starting out with a spoiler of the end made the film just dwindle. The problem with that is that you cannot be hopeful and optimistic because you know what happens, however realistic that would probably be.
-Before it sounds like I am being mean, there were some really well made shots where many things happened as you would see on a stage montage, and I thought it was really neat.
-So despite the flaws of the editing and characters you cannot really grow attached to, The Last Five Years did have compelling scenes and a good deal of entertainment added with the music. I’ll be honest, I would probably buy it in a $5 bin ONLY because I am a big fan musicals. Oh, and Anna Kendrick. If it were anyone else, Netflix. But yeah.
-The Last Five Years is rated PG-13 on the heavy side for some sexual content, no nudity, and some language, including one F-word. It always throws me off when there is language in a song. It’s weird to me. Idk.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director Richard LaGravenese
Writer Jason Robert Brown, Richard LaGravenese
Actors Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Tamara Mintz
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Red Epic, Hawk V-Lite Lenses
Laboratory Light Iron (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Redcode RAW (5K)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Hawk Scope (source format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema