Movie musicals are a most beloved art form for me. Hollywood genius in this arena usually comes in waves. And, usually, successful stage productions will garner support for a movie adaptation. I guess such is the case with the off-Broadway musical, The Last Five Years (TLFY) by Jason Robert Brown. Unfortunately, I have not seen the stage production because, well, I did not know about it. So, this is my review of the movie alone.
Directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You), The Last Five Years is a story of a five-year relationship between Jamie (Jeremy Jordan, NBC's Smash) and Cathy (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect), going from meeting to dating to marriage to separation, all told through song in less than two hours.
|"Summer in Ohio"|
|Poster for Theatrical Performance (2001)|
Musical lovers beware: if you understand that a true musical has depth, you may not find much of that in The Last Five Years.