The Spectacular Now- A Thoughtful but not gushing review

After many failed attempts I was finally able to go to a screening of ‘The Spectacular Now’ last night! The movie is based off of the book by author Tim Thorpe. I read the book last month with one of the quirky book clubs that I am a part of and in all honestly was not impressed. I was left with a sense of feeling like I needed to “parent” if you will ‘Sutter Keely’ the main character in the story.  I gave the book a 3 star rating on good reads, which is kind of low for me considering I usually research my books fairly well and it’s rare that I read a book that I really just don’t love.  (Which by the way, is the beauty of goodreads.com if you aren’t familiar with the site)

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After hearing that Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller were cast as the two main characters I was really excited, after all they are playing two main characters in the upcoming ‘Divergent’ movie that I’m highly invested in. I would have to say my favorite experience of the movie was the actors themselves. Miles Teller did an exceptional job of capturing “Sutter Keely”- the high school senior and smooth talking charmer who unexpectedly falls in love with the “girl next door” ‘Aimee Finecky’ (Shailene Woodley). It was refreshing to see Shailene play a character different from “Secret Life” and “The Descendants”.  I felt as though the interaction between these two was very real and reminiscent of how extremely awkward high school love can be and the butterflies that are accompanied with new experiences. It showed us real emotions in a real life setting that felt very much like it could have been your neighborhood growing up. It shows that two people who can be extremely different can be drawn together. Sutter lives in the now, And Amy dreams of a future.  I experienced many emotions while watching this movie that I haven’t felt in a while. One of which being anxiety. I felt the uncomfortable silence during their love scene, but at the same time it was oh so very REAL which is the vibe I think they were going for. If so, They nailed it. After it ended, I wasn’t quite sure what I thought. I needed some time to collect my thoughts before giving an honest opinion!

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From a book to movie point of view, I felt that it stayed fairly true to the book which is always nice with a couple exceptions here and there and particularly the ending. Without spoiling too much, I felt the book ending left me hollow and wanting more whereas the movie ending gave me hope for this tragic almost train wreck of a story.  I heard some say they would have preferred to keep the ending of the book but a lot of people were like ME where they were left wanting more closure after finishing the book, which I think you get with the movie.spec

As a whole I don’t know how I would recommend this movie. I can’t say that I loved it, That I loved the story, but I was glad that I saw it just to witness some of the truly amazing young talent I believe we have coming up in Hollywood right now! I loved the fact that hardly any makeup was used in filming this movie and Miles Teller is not shy in the least bit about showing his scars from a horrific car accident he was in a few years ago (Google it, I know you were wondering too while watching him). It shows a great moral message that the smart, shy good nature girls that don’t wear the hottest trends or a ton of makeup are still beautiful and can go on to do amazing things which I thought was a great message to bestow.spec11

Don’t go to the theater expecting a funny rom/com that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, go expecting to be touched in different way’s you probably weren’t expecting and be prepared for some “Oh Crap” moments as well and then come back and comment on your thoughts here! We would love to hear them!specnow3

The Spectacular Now in playing in select theaters nationwide!

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DON’T FORGET! Enter to Win #SDCC Divergent Swag!!

In Case you forgot… We have a contest going on to win some awesome Divergent Swag from SDCC! Click on the Rafflecopter link below and follow the steps to enter!

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In Case you need a reminder of what we are giving away… Here it is:

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5 Divergent Faction Tattoos, 6 Divergent Buttons (including all the Factions), and 6 Divergent Iron on Transfers (including all the Factions)

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Contest! Enter to win ‘Divergent’ SDCC Swag!

We have kept you waiting long enough! For those of you that didn’t get to attend SDCC international in July and stalk Summit Entertainment’s exhibit booth multiple times like I did, We have some swag to give away straight from comic con! The contest starts today 8/6/2013 and ends 8/14/2013. Winner will be picked by rafflecopter.com

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5 Divergent Faction Tattoos, 6 Divergent Buttons (including all the Factions),              and 6 Divergent Iron on Transfers (including all the Factions)

To Enter: Click on the Rafflecopter link in this post and follow the instructions!
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SDCC Recap- TrisandFour head’s to Comic Con!

I think I am still in a post SDCC hang over! To say that last week covering ‘Divergent’ at Comic Con is most def an understatement! You have seen most of our coverage from the event’s but I wanted to jot down just a few of my personal experiences!

Thursday July 18th started out our day of Divergent SDCC coverage! I got up early to go get my badge and got in my first line of the week- Starbucks!

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After I got my caffeine intake, our blogger Mandy and I were off to the Hard Rock Hotel to do our 1:1’s with some of the Divergent cast! If you missed the interview, You can check it out HERE

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We loved getting to meet some of the cast! As we were heading back to the Elevator, Shailene and Theo walked past us on their way to a different interview and that was my first glimpse of Theo. Wow.

After the 1:1, we headed back over to our hotel to upload video and post pictures before the press conference. It took 6 hours to load that one clip to youtube. Good Grief. We wanted a good spot for the press conference so we showed up a bit early and relaxed. We ended up getting front row and were able to get some awesome pictures from the press conference! To see the HQ pictures click HERE and HERE! Some of my highlights from the press conference were hearing what Shailene and Theo’s favorite scene’s to films were (Ferris Wheel for Shai & Four choking Tris and snapping out of the simulation for Theo) Theo’s fear being “hummus” and it sounding A LOT like he said something ELSE, and really just sitting there taking it all in! tumblr_mq5m7kvjy51rc7avoo1_500After the Press Conference, We jolted out and took a beeline for Hall H to try and catch the Divergent Panel and see the footage but the line was too long and we didn’t make it in. I retired to my hotel room to rest and update the site before the Summit Celebration that night!

Around 8:15 after changing shoes 4 times I headed out to ‘207’ at the Hard Rock Hotel where the Summit Celebration was to be held. The Hard Rock is right in the middle of San Diego’s iconic ‘Gaslamp’ District and it was alive with people. At the party, I got a chance to chat and meet pretty much everyone from the Cast as well as Veronica Roth.  My night was made when Theo James busted out into a round to show off some awesome dance moves. Click HERE for that video! The conclusion I came to after being at that Party, was that we have an awesome down to earth cast. Not once did I see a cast member go hide in a VIP area. Shailene esp was having Fun and Dancing and just letting loose. I hope they keep this as the film’s progress! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy of the night:

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The rest of the weekend I was BUSY, Busy, Busy doing press for SandwichJohnFilms.com in which I got to meet some more awesome people and then Sunday I spent most of the day hunting down ‘Divergent’ swag for us to give away in the coming weeks! Here is a sample of some of the stuff you have to look forward to!

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The week was fantastic! Thanks for watching our Comic Con coverage and we have lots more exciting things happening in the coming weeks!  -April

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Exclusive Video: Interview with Ben Lloyd Hughes, Miles Teller, Christian Madsen, Amy Newbold, and Zoe Kravitz

Today Mandy and I got to sit down with Christian Madsen (Al), Miles Teller (Peter), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Will), Amy Newbold (Molly) and Zoe (Christina). We would like to make one thing clear… Just because our url is trisandfour.com does not mean we are biased towards the rest of the Cast!! WE LOVE YOU!!!! Hope you enjoy the Video!