FILM REVIEW: Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck Is One of the Year’s Funniest
Amy Schumer is one of the funniest female comedians today. As a matter of fact, when thinking about it, I haven’t come across any one funnier. Just watch two episodes of the Comedy Central’s TV series Inside Amy Schumer, and you might be convinced, too.
Or even better, go and watch Trainwreck (2015) and you’ll start your weekend cachinnating. Sorry for sounding like an advertorial (I swear I don’t have any stakes in promoting the movie).
Amy Schumer, 34, is a Jewish New Yorker, who became a stand-up comedian in 2004. After featuring in several comedy series, she landed her first leading film role in Trainwreck. She not only stars in in it but also wrote it.
In Trainwreck, Schumer plays a writer, Amy, at a men’s magazine. She is well- adjusted in believing in polyandry, avoiding “being exclusive” with any men. She is also well-accustomed in partying and smoking pot.
Things get complicated, when she finds her falling in love with one of her interview subjects, Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), a sports surgeon. She finds her settling down and beginning to enjoy things that couples do. But those things are about to get complicated when Amy, who likes to speak her mind without holding back, upsets Aaron and they have to weight their relationship again.
The formula of make-ups to break-ups may sound similar to any relationship drama/comedy, but what separates this hilarious beast from the rest, is the chemistry between Hader and Schumer and, of course, the scenes seen through Schumer’s glasses where the truly horrible makes her laugh most, as she revealed in an interview for GQ.
Judd Apatow, the director (This Is 40, Funny People, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), found Schumer after hearing her on Howard Stern’s radio show. The two sat down and Apatow convinced Schumer to write something personal.
She did, and it turns out that while she was writing the script, she was also in the middle of falling in love with a guy, she revealed for GQ. The fear of that the person’s going to tear your heart out and the simultaneous ecstasy made their way nicely to the script and to the movie, which is definitely one of the funniest to come out this year.
Trainwreck premieres in cinemas on August 28.