Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is the 2015 romantic comedy Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.
Written by Schumer (and directed by Judd Apatow), this movie was one on me and my partner's radar when it came out this summer, but we unfortunately never got around to seeing it in theaters. As it is now available to rent through iTunes, we decided to check it out together this weekend, and we were glad we did.
The story follows Amy as her character enjoys her life of at her magazine job she loves, free of inhibitions, and casually dating men until she meets the focus of a story she is writing, a sports doctor (Hader) who turns everything upside down for her. Supported by a mostly strong ensemble cast and some fun cameos, we go on the journey with Amy as she allows herself to be loved and find true happiness.
Hader and Schumer are really great in this movie. They both bring a lot of genuine emotions and laughs to the story. The comedy in the movie has the usual Apatow spin to it, which I enjoy, but I'm sure others might not or perhaps may have become tired of it. As is also usually the case with Apatow films, the heart in the movie is strong and I was really committed to the proceedings versus just waiting for the next bit. The comedy served the plot and the emotional beats were well done.
I haven't watched too much of Schumer's show on Comedy Central, so I don't know exactly how much of her comedic stylings translate over to this movie, but nevertheless, she is funny in Trainwreck and the movie would have obviously lived or died by her performance. I think this is going to be a great launching pad for whatever she wants to do next. I'm glad a movie like this exists and did so well at the box office. It just goes to show that we need way more female-led movies like this.
I definitely recommend you check out Trainwreak available right now to buy or rent on DVD, Blu-Ray, and your favorite on-demand video streaming service.