It couldn’t have been more than three years ago when if you mentioned the name Amy Schumer, only those familiar with stand up comedy would be able to join in the conversation. Now, a household name and one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Ms. Schumer is proves she is not only funny, but fiercely intelligent. Her new film “Trainwreck” is only a small glimpse into how her comedy and reputation has matured and developed.
Playing a semi auto-biographical version of herself, the film centers around Amy, a thirtysomething journalist who works for an eccentric boss (the incredible Tilda Swinton) at a men’s magazine called S’nuff, specializing in stories that range from masturbation to the attractiveness of celebrity babies.
Having grown up with the belief that monogamy is for losers, she has one night stands, drinks and continually lives life according to this philosophy. Her sister Kim’s marriage (the breathtaking Brie Larson) to an optimistic and fun loving man played by the always entertaining Mike Birbiglia forces Amy to justify her way of life to those around her, even if includes lying to herself at times.
After being assigned a story to profile a sports doctor (the comedic perfection of Bill Hader), Amy finds herself falling into a romantic comedy that she isn’t comfortable or prepared for. The relationship with her father, played by Colin Quinn, provides deeper insight into Amy and her self destructive ways, all told through humorous bits that Ms. Schumer carries beautifully.
While not a typical romcom, “Trainwreck” provides subtle humor from all its characters. If you’re familiar and attracted to Judd Apatow films, then the extra and unnecessary twenty minutes or so (mostly improv) shouldn’t bother you.
However, besides the truly amazing ensemble, it’s the emotion of the film that hits home. This is not a laugh out loud comedy, though some parts are less subtle than others, but a deeply emotional film that provides entertainment through its sometimes comedic situations.
Ms. Schumer holds this film with fearless confidence and brings us to tears through heartfelt moments of recognizable reality. Those familiar with her stand up might go in expecting more outrageousness than is provided, but many will leave with a new perspective of what this young, beautiful and brilliant woman is capable of.
It’s worth noting that Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader, Ezra Miller, Colin Quinn and Mike Birbiglia provide outstanding entertainment and star power for Ms. Schumer’s first major film outing. Yet, once again, it’s Brie Larson who matures through each film she releases with enviable grace and steals certain scenes just with her mere presence. Just as Amy Schumer is taking over the comedy world, Ms. Larson is set to become one of the greatest dramatic actresses of our generation.
How many comedies truly make you think? How many comedies can you walk out in tears and still feel a sense of joy? “Trainwreck” provides a little of everything, without leaving us aching for more.
“Trainwreck” is playing in theaters nationwide.