Young film director Drake Doremus created an intimate romance drama of an physcial and emotional tale.
Like Crazy is profoundly heartbreaking to watch for an audience to experience a devastating yet thrilling first love, life changing journey.
As a British college student, Anna (Felicity Jones) falls in love instantly with an American design student, Jacob (Anton Yelchin) when they meet at an L.A. university, it’s bliss. Yet after returning home to England for a family obligation, she violates her student visa. Now Anna is to be separated from Jacob wwhen she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
To be apart of each other’s lives becomes a struggle while fighting customs and immigration battles, Anna and Jacob have to decide if their relationship is worth the distance and all of this hardship. It’s difficult to be apart because of circumstances beyond your control where you feel stuck in this place and you can’t do anything but face the challenges.
This film is crafted with lots of sexual content and strong language to a point where the intimacy doesn’t seem inviting to the audience. The style is similar to Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También. The fact that the camera floats in and out of intimacy and into voyeurism makes the audience feel connected yet wonder if they should be watching which was shown in Steve McQueen’s film, Shame as well.
To achieve this effect, Doremus used lots of improvisation on the set to establish this lively visual style from mostly backstory seen through scene objectives, subtext, plot points and of course emotional beats except that it lacked actual dialogue which comes later on after the audience is hooked from the emotionally gripping premise of how the characters are feeling. This allows each scene to be spontaneous and feel more real to the viewer. Those taglines become instilled in your mind: ‘I want you – I need you – I love you – I miss you’ while watching the film, you become like crazy.
The film gathered attention at the 55th BFI London Film Festival last October 2011 as well as during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Best Picture Grand Jury Prize. Like Crazy will proceed to gain support from its overpowering desire for viewers who enjoy seeing awkward yet passionate love.