Directed by Judd Apatow
Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader
In the nicest possible way, Amy Schumer seems like about as unavoidable right now as breathing in and out. She seems to be everywhere you look. This should come as no great surprise, really, as this is due for release in UK cinemas in a couple of short weeks. I got my hands on it to review, really with the intention of seeing just how caustic Schumer’s first real feature début would be, seeing as she both stars and writes the script. Could this comedy terrorist cut the mustard when left in her company for two whole hours straight? We can all fall over at red carpet premières, right?
I wanted to see if she was more than just an SNL sketch, dressed up all pretty and out there in the spotlight and the results are a little less than excellent.
Over a protracted period of time, Schumer does actually begin to grate on you. There will be people out there that love every word that comes out of her mouth/pen, for what she purports to represent is a feisty, largely disenchanted, seemingly voiceless female demographic that will take her to their bosom as readily as Pankhurst enthusiasts of their day, only with a little more biting satire and barbed sarcasm. The Schumer I was expecting, when confronted with a small boy with a speech impediment, delivering a line that was clearly deliberately written to make light of his affliction, was the girl that would at least have had something to say on the subject. The cut I saw showed that maybe she hasn’t quite the got the nerve to follow through. I mean, really, why put the line in if you’re not going to deliver the punch? Has her fame and popularity tempered her output then?
Well, it’s fair to say that Trainwreck isn’t the “wide-eyed, hand over gaping mouth” experience that you might have wanted. If you know of her (and alot of UK viewers won’t be too familiar with her as of yet) you might be expecting something a little more radical, more daring, perhaps? Well, you’re going to be left wanting in this regard. Schumer proves here that when the chips are down and futures are on the line, she does ‘safe romantic comedy’ as well as anyone in the past few years, aided by the knowing Judd Apatow behind the camera.
So, in short, there is nothing wrong with Trainwreck per se. It is safe, comfortable and occasionally comes across as a little bawdy, but less so even than the likes of Bridesmaids. And not as funny as the Kristen Wiig comedy either. It does have its moments, but the goggle quotient is undeserving for a rich, provocative talent like Schumer who’s audience has already come to expect something a little more abrasive.
Mostly harmless, very forgettable stuff, which is a little disappointing, given the creative talents behind it.