A solid indie love story, Drake Doremus's "Like Crazy" was very well received at its Eccles premiere this afternoon. The film follows "Douchebag" as Doremus's second film a row to screen in competition at the festival.
"I really do feel like part of the family now," Doremus said upon introducing the film. "And it's the best family to be a part of so thank you so much. But unfortunately we didn't get the film done, so we're just going to show outtakes of 'Douchebag.' If that's alright with you guys..."
Clearly kidding, Doremus' "Douchebag"-follow up would indeed screen instead. The film follows Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones), who meet at college in Los Angeles and quickly, madly fall in love. But this is problematized when Anna - who is British - gets sent back to London because of visa issues and the two begin to attempt a long distance relationship. Though a bit overlong, "Crazy" works in large part due to the very affecting performances of Jones and Yelchin (not to mention a great supporting cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston, and Oliver Muirhead), and because of Doremus and co-writer Ben York Jones's script. Though Doremus said that the film - like "Douchebag" - was actually 50% improvised, which definitely aided in its realism.
"The movie is mostly improvised from a 50 page outline that Ben and I wrote together," he said at the Q&A. "We were very specific in the outline and then these wonderful actors brought it to life. We rehearsed it a lot to sort of find the beats to the story. Felicity and Anton especially really trusted me and just delved into it. They did an amazing job improvising."
The audience definitely seemed to agree. Up for sale, "Crazy" should have no trouble finding U.S. distribution and definitely confirms Doremus as a filmmaker to watch in the future.
Full video from the Q&A below (sorry its so far away... and theres a bit of a spoiler at the beginning of the video so skip past the first 2 minutes if you'd rather not hear a discussion of the film's ending):