It’s been a tough year, but I think we did it guys! After putting up with the likes of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, being disappointed by Unfinished Business, and just damn-right ashamed of Hot Pursuit, I think we actually have a decent comedy in 2015.
Seemingly based on Amy Schumer’s actual life (burn?) we get Trainwreck; a film about how monogamy is not realistic (spoiler: it is). We follow Amy’s character as she refuses to accept love and would rather fish out condoms from her lady-pocket than admit that she’s in love. Typically a storyline of partying non-stop and sleeping with bucket loads of people is reserved for “bros” and male-orientated films. Trainwreck provides a refreshing take; women can be just as tragic as men! Filled with cheek-stinging amusement and “I can’t believe they said that” humour, we have been air dropped supplies of a heavy-on-the-comedy-rom-com to save us from a year of comedy drought.
Without the supporting cast this film wouldn’t be much. You have Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins) playing the “too good for me”, super-successful, beloved, “by the way, I’m a doctor”, boyfriend. Hader is able to give a grounded dramatic performance, which helps anchor the other wackier characters loading us with explosive comedic routines. Two eye-opening comedic performances actually don’t come from the comedy actors but instead in the form of John Cena and LeBron James. They provide heaps of laughs and have been given inherently funny aspects to their characters (think Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy) which allows for the comedy to burst out.
Trainwreck doesn’t quite reach the heights of movie master-class, as it’s missing that emotional gut-punch that always seems to hit you the hardest during comedies (or Disney films). Yes, there is an emotional segment in the film, but it was used rather as a pivot in the lead character’s life (returning to old habits) as opposed to a shocking, devastating event. It works in the context of the film, it provides a challenge for the protagonist to overcome, but it lacks that “why am I crying right now?” moment, due to the films longer term repercussions of that development. To be fair, falling short on emotionally charged dramatic scene is the only criticism I have (weak, I know). There are other minor problems such as certain scenes not being necessary to the main plot, but they end up being funny and easy to forgive.