I actually did not know too much about this film when I went to go see it. I did so with the recommendation of my friend, Andy. I also thought that the cast members Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg and Elijah Wood sounded like a good team. What I got was one of the most moving and full movie experiences I have had in a long time.
The film on the surface is about a couple going through a divorce and trying to remain friends. What you receive are journeys through love, loss, romance, friendship, jealousy, forgiveness, self-discovery, redemption and ultimately happiness but not in the usual hollywood ending way. It is a film that uses humor well without losing the very heavy themes of this gifted screenplay co-written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
The film is much more than just about divorce and marriage. It is really deconstructs relationships and more about more about relationships and ourselves as people, our vulnerabilities, and our ownership of our own happiness.
Rashida Jones stands out in her role and delivers on of the best performances by an actress. Andy Samberg showcases, again, that he is multi-talented handling comedy and drama with equal skill and mastery. Supporting acting roles by Elijah Wood as the gay business partner of Rashida’s character, Will McCormack as Andy’s Pot smoking and dealing buddy and Ari Graynor as Rashida’s best friend are also delivered and performed well.
Celeste and Jesse Forever is one of those rare films today that shows the art that film can be where superior actors can truly take their craft armed with a superb screenplay and great direction to deliver a masterpiece. This film is 2012’s masterpiece. Relevant to our day but eternal as a film for all ages.
So in the midst of all the summer blockbusters , take a moment to enjoy this jewel of a film.
- Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones in ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’: movie review (csmonitor.com)
- come to a free screening of “Celeste and Jesse Forever” (starring Andy Samberg & Rashida Jones) (brooklynvegan.com)
- ‘Celeste and Jesse’ Co-Writer and Director On Working With Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg (hollywood.com)
- Go See: Celeste and Jesse Forever (20somethingdiaries.com)
- A Word With: Rashida Jones : Rashida Jones’s Writing Debut, ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ (nytimes.com)
- Rashida Jones – Rashida Jones Has New Direction As She Tackles First Screenwriting Job (contactmusic.com)
- REVIEW: ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever’ (thereeltimes.com)
- WATCH: Rashida Jones & Andy Samberg In ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Review: `Celeste and Jesse’ upends cliches (kansascity.com)
- Tribeca: Celeste and Jesse Forever Injects New Life into the Rom-Com (huffingtonpost.com)