The Last Five Years is based on musical by Tony-award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, and is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period.
Jamie Wellerstein (Jeremy Jordan) is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Anna Kendrick), a Shiksa Goddess 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. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
The Last Five Years looks like the kind of movie I would run a mile from, but if you like musicals then maybe it’s your bag.
The film also stars Meg Hudson, Natalie Knepp and Cat Lynch, and has a US release date of February 13th, but no UK date yet.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:
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