Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dept. of What's New

I very much liked James Ponsoldt's Smashed (my review here) and thought its star Mary Elizabeth Winstead should have been in the year-end awards conversation. Ponsoldt is back at Sundance with The Spectacular Now, a coming-of-age drama with a terrific cast (Winstead appears again) and early strong reviews. Slashfilm weighs in:
Cut to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Smashed became one of the top buzz films of the festival with a critically acclaimed tour de force performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and an incredibly raw filmmaking style that put director James Ponsoldt on our must-watch list. So when it was announced that Ponsoldt would be taking over as director on The Spectacular Now, we were excited. And the movie does not disappoint.

The Spectacular Now is everything I hope a Sundance movie to be. It has heart, many laughs, story twists that will jolt you from your seat, and most importantly, the film speaks to a deep truth. It is an honest coming of age film about growing up and facing the great unknown that comes after high school, something we can all remember and relate to. But it tells that story without the forced nostalgia of other Hollywood films.

2 comments:

Amir said...

Biggest pet peeve of the season for me. I think Smashed was just too small so not enough people got around to it. There's no other justification why Winstead's performance never caught on.

Simon Crowe said...

I agree 100%.