Director: Judd Apatow
Going into Trainwreck I was ready to laugh. One of my favourite directors, Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin and Bridesmaids), has teamed up with one of my favourite comedians, and 2015’s “It Girl”, Amy Schumer! So I was expecting some side splitting, thigh slapping, maybe even a little wee-coming-out laughter.
Unfortunately Trainwreck doesn’t quite get there.
As a child Amy (Amy Schumer), had it drilled into her by her father that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now the thirty-something magazine writer lives a life of hard-drinking, hard-partying and promiscuity. Amy seemingly loves her carefree life, but really she’s in a rut – until she meets Aaron (Bill Hader), a sports doctor she’s profiling for the magazine. As much as she wants to deny it, she starts to like Aaron and to her shock, he likes her too. Soon Amy starts to realise she’ll have to change her ways if she wants to stay with him.
The problem I had with Trainwreck was that it couldn’t decide what it is. The film starts off as a refreshing comedy with a cool and sassy female lead, instead of the usual ditz looking for Mr Right. But about half-way in, the movie becomes just like any other rom-com. Which leaves you asking yourself: is this a Katherine Heigl movie now? Am I supposed to watch this hugging a pillow with a towel on my head? I like that Schumer put a twist on the traditional, but Schumer’s comedy is good enough to have put a full spanner in the works!
Don’t get me wrong, there are hilarious moments in Trainwreck and it’s enjoyable. Get a bag of popcorn the size of your head and have a LOL. Just don’t expect the same comedy gold we’re used to seeing from Schumer.