THE LAST FIVE YEARSs is a musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You, Beautiful Creatures), based on Jason Robert Brown’s musical of same name. Starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, the film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and received mixed reviews from critics.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS by Tony award winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein (Jordan) is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Kendrick), a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. Its beautiful pop music score portrays an honest, heartbreaking, often funny, exploration of love and it’s consequences on individual identity.