Broadway and musicals are a perfect couple. However, problems arise when you decide to add another to the relationship: the medium of film.
On stage, energy is easy to sustain – and that is likely where The Last Five Years shines. Yet on film, the uneven narrative rhythm and lack of invention drags this musical into mediocrity.
The miscasting of Jeremy Jordan as the love interest is the greatest hindrance; arrogant and annoying throughout, it’s unclear why his costar would desire him.
Thank goodness for Kendrick – her performance saves the day, injecting energy and empathy into an otherwise forgettable feature.
Nothing truly fits in this mismatched musical, but luckily Anna Kendrick delivers an excellent performance to bring about a so-so final product.
CAST: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Tamara Mintz
DIRECTOR: Richard LaGravenese
WRITER: Richard LaGravenese
SYNOPSIS: A struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.