Broadway fans alert. This Valentines Day weekend is going to be extra special with the big screen release of the musical,The Last Five Years. The film stars Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan and is based on the off-Broadway hit by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. The film is written and directed by Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King).
Being a Broadway Musical lover, I was in heaven when I first sat down to watch The Last Five Years. I absolutely loved everything about it and sincerely cannot wait to see it again and order the soundtrack. This unique love story is told strictly by song, chronicling a love affair and marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein (Jordan) is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Kendrick), a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
The songs are complicated, melancholy, beautifully written and not easy to sing, but Jordan and Kendrick make it all look and sound effortless. Seeing some of these songs come to life sung by these two pros is a real treat, especially numbers like "Shiksa Goddess," "The Schmuel Song," "A Summer in Ohio," and "The Next Ten Minutes."
I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Jeremy Jordan, director Richard LaGravenese and lyricist/composer Jason Robert Brown (exclusive) at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Please click on the link below to watch all three interviews.
Opening Toronto, Vancouver & Calgary February 13th Also Available Feb 13th on Demand