This week, we explore the uniquely constructed, emotionally haunting THE LAST FIVE YEARS. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s okay. This is a theater nerd deep cut (frankly, Windy is shocked that a movie version even got made).
One of the often-mentioned “lost episodes,” we grabbed special guest star Melissa Kaercher while she was in town for Fantastic Fest. The resulting conversation gets into a deeply psychological character study – very appropriate for this musical (but with our patented goofiness).
It’s on Netflix and we highly recommend a watch. The music by Jason Robert Brown is excellent, Anna and Jeremy are sublimely charismatic, and the concept is an intriguing gimmick that actually does add to the emotional story.
You can’t do better and we guarantee you’ll be smiling (those are song references). Take a listen and let us know what you think!
The Last Five Years (2014)
Rating: 5.9/10 (8,717 votes)
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Writer: Jason Robert Brown (based on the musical play by), Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Tamara Mintz, Cassandra Inman
Runtime: 94 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Released: 18 Feb 2015
Plot: A struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.