The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

DVD - 2015
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Jamie Wellerstein is an up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess and 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 at their wedding.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Entertainment One, ©2015.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 02, 2020

I did not like this musical. I felt like in a musical the music is supposed to make you feel something however I felt like when I watched this, I was not captivated by the music instead I was uninterested. This musical stars two Tony nominees Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan so I assumed the music and movie would be amazing, but I was wrong and very underwhelmed because it did not come close to my expectations. If I had to recommend this film, I would recommend it to those who love romance filled musicals and are 12 or older. Another thing I disliked about this musical was the fact that I felt both actors' performances lacked emotion. 1 star
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Sunshine1614
Apr 01, 2020

This is a musical that focuses on a struggling actress in New York City who meets a writer that becomes her boyfriend, then fiance and eventually her husband. The musical takes place over the 5 years that they know one another and it is not in chronological order by any means. I really enjoyed this musical because the happier parts of the relationship are shown in brighter locations/backgrounds/outfits, whereas the sadder parts of the relationship are shown in darker locations/backgrounds/outfits. The same goes for the songs and the way they are sung throughout the musical, during happier moments the songs are upbeat and the characters are close to one another in a loving way but when the sadder moments come onto the screen, the characters sing louder and the background music becomes fast paced to match the rising emotions of both characters. The way each scene is shown truly sets the tone for the characters emotional state in that particular moment of their relationship. Overall this musical is very well produced and I would recommend anyone who enjoys musicals or unique plots to watch it!!

Kyndal1600 Sep 21, 2015

Best musical I have seen in a long time. Really tugs at your heartstrings, and the characters are explored so in depth that you really identify with them. Had me singing along and crying at the end.

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trotter73
May 28, 2015

I hate musicals. shut it off 5 minutes in.

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papagator
May 19, 2015

This is a musical- A struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair. A very unique story telling arena as both actors sing their story. She sings from the present and reflects on the past. He sings from the past and closes with the present. The song lyrics are the dialogue- and it kept my attention throughout.

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rapunzel454
Aug 25, 2020

rapunzel454 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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