Film Review: Trainwreck

Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer) has lived by the mantra ‘monogamy is not realistic‘ since her father gave her a lecture, repeating the same mantra when he was divorcing her mother, when she was just a kid. Since then, the men’s magazine writer has lived a career driven life, with a sideline of non-romantic sexual encounters, with love being something she completely avoids. Until, that is, she meets suave and charismatic sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader). Whilst writing an article on him, she finds herself coming across feelings she’s never had before. Could the charming doc be the person to pull her out of her rut and into a life of monogamy?

01Written by breakout stand-up star and its leading lady, Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck is directed by comedy king Judd Apatow, making it the first film that he has directed but not written. However, by no means does this mean the film lacks Apatow’s typical script full of punchlines. Schumer proves her outstanding abilities as a writer and an actress, with comic timing perfected and hilarious one-liners jammed into nook and cranny; whether they’re scripted or improvised, she will have you reeling with laughter.

Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader isn’t your typical romantic lead, but he tears through that typically handsome stereotype we know all too well, bringing us a more realistic leading man, giving the audience a romantic relationship that we can really invest in. Another great cast member is basketball star Lebron James; though it could be seen that he is just a hook to get more bums into seats, James really nails it. One-liner after one-liner, reciting Kanye West’s Gold Digger verbatim like it’s Shakespeare, he brings some of the biggest laughs.

Overall, the film is more triumphant than a trainwreck. Although it could be seen as a little predictable at times, it can easily be overlooked due to its stellar comedy, great delivery and strong script.

What did you think of Trainwreck?

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Heather Thornton 


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