The Last 5 Years is by the Tony award-winning writer Jason Robert Brown is a musical about a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five-year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a talented up and coming writer who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, an actress who is down her luck. This films story is told almost all in song.
If you like musicals you should like this film. It’s the closest thing I’ve seen from a Broadway musical in the cinema. There is very little story progression without it being done in a song format. Everybody in this cast is so talented. That takes you away from the slow moving story. The setting is also so small most of the time musicals feel the need to be some grand epic, but this film keeps it small and fun. I can see fans of musicals calling this the best musical in years.
While I do enjoy the cast and Kendrick gives a performance of a life time showcasing all of her skills as a singer and actress this film is an acquired taste, and frankly it doesn’t fit my taste. I do like the music, but it seems to be too much and it gets hard to follow as the movie goes on. You better love musicals if you see this film. If you are like me and often get annoyed at films when they break out in song, this film isn’t for you. The tunes may be fun and soulful, but I don’t like a song every 2 minutes.
Film In Austin's Review Grading Scale
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
Z – Good movie; sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts; it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing. Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping