Last week I went to see Trainwreck at the cinema.
It is rude. I mean, Amy Schumer rude. It’s the sort of rude that means you shouldn’t see this with someone outside of your generation. That is to say, don’t go with your mum or dad, certainly not your granny and I reckon watching it with someone who is young enough to be your child (in my case 23 or under) would also be uncomfortable.
It is funny. Despite my comments above I would recommend it (unless you are in fact mine or Gareth’s parents), because the offensive, graphic parts are quick and not labouring the point. They are just the right side of shocking and then they move on so you can enjoy the story.
The story is essentially about Amy. I’m pretty sure it’s about Amy Schumer herself. She did write it so let’s assume there’s quite a bit in there that’s a reflection of her life. In some ways the protagonist is a modern day Bridget Jones, still single when perhaps she should be in a committed relationship by now, relates to her dad, is clever and witty, attractive but in a “normal” way, i.e. she doesn’t look like Jennifer Anniston or Gwyneth Paltrow, she looks more like you, on a day when you have your best outfit on, have shaved your legs and taken some care over your hair and eye make up.
Where she differs from the loveable Bridget is that she isn’t the office joke, she’s actually probably the most intelligent one there and she’s not looking for her Mr Darcy. Amy is hoping to find as many George Wickham’s and John Willoughbey’s as she can, because she has unfortunately believed what her dad taught her from a very early age that, “monogamy is not realistic”.
If you know me at all, you will know that I absolutely disagree with that statement, that I think marriage is awesome and very important, that I love Jane Austen and everything she wrote, and that most of my favourite films are where the boy gets the girl and live happily ever after. Surprisingly Trainwreck kind of delivers on this.
Whilst Amy is in many ways very cool and delivers some lines that you wish you could in a slicker version of yourself, this film shows you she is broken and so is her dad. The people who make the most sense in the film are her sister, who is married; LeBron James who seems like the nicest professional athlete in the world, second only to our very own David Beckham and the hero of the plot, her very worthy, reliable and honourable love interest.
I won’t tell you the whole story but let’s just say it delivers the formula that I ultimately require from a romcom, only it’s very rude along the way.
And just as an extra point. Tilda Swinton is in it. In disguise. Literally I thought all the way through, ‘I know who that is’, but just couldn’t place her. Had to consult IMDB. Seriously, Tilda as you have never seen her!