Amy Schumer, and I mean this without an ounce of exaggeration, is as important as Mary. As in Jesus Mary. She is hilarious, she is unapologetic and she is swiftly climbing the ranks in Hollywood. So obviously, when her new movie ‘Trainwreck’ was released, my girlfriends and I decided it was a must see. As a uni student who has recently returned from Europe and earns $17/hour, spending money to watch a movie I could download (*definitely not illegally*) isn’t usually at the top of my list. But for Amy, anything.
My gal pals and I decided to carpool in an effort to be kind to the trees. So in my tiny Mazda Metro, endearingly referred to as Mrs Weasley (she’s small and red), I whizzed around to Bridget’s (already running late) and we rushed to the local cinema to meet up with the remaining girls. To say we were excited to bask in Amy’s hilarity and unapologetic feminism is the understatement of the year.
So, anyway, we’ve made it, we’re all physically together, but goddamn we are hungry. Not going to lie, we’re also cheapskates so we’ve all done the ol’ bring a large handbag and buy cheap snacks from Woolworths and smuggle them in. Don’t even pretend you’ve never succumbed to such measures. Armed with sushi, vege chips, pods, M&Ms, Coke – and frankly enough food to feed a small army, we waddle to our assigned seats. We did feel pretty special, because over the past two years my local Westfield has been completely refurbished. The cinema has been transformed from a sad excuse of a theatre, with 50 year old popcorn ground into the seats and carpet art donning the walls, to a fancy schmancy modern cinema, with plush seats and LED lights illuminating the isles. It was my first visit to the cinema post-refurb and we were conveniently seated in the middle towards the back, which everyone knows is prime movie viewing position. #cinemagoals
(Myself with Lynley, at Trainwreck.)
I was revelling in my sushi filled Schumer cinema extravaganza, accompanied by my girl squad, for a full 2.5 hours – can it get any better? Perhaps – but only if I had not spilled soy sauce on my brand new white jeans, arguably my own fault. The movie was a cinematic masterpiece, in my humble opinion. It was filled with feminist one liners, innuendo galore and tongue-in-cheek criticisms of gender stereotypes.
Be warned, though – this is not a film for a family affair.
Beneath our roaring laughter, you could hear the quiet giggles and uncomfortable throat-clearing of mother-daughter dates who thought they were seeing an innocent rom-com, and the random 70 year old man who had arrived solo, I suspect thinking he purchased a ticket to a documentary about coal trains. These audience members were technically permitted to be there (given they were over 15), but it’s a bit like celery in juice. Just not right, and leaving a weird after taste.
So as mentioned above, treating myself to the movies is a rare occurrence. Once you’ve paid for the ticket, the food, and the parking – you’re look at $40 a pop. However, and I totally agree with this, Di Rosso (2015) believes that ‘watching a film in the cinema is better than watching at at home’ – this whole experience is changed and heightened and you can fully appreciate the hard work and humour that was poured into the film. It has certainly paved the way even more so for Schumer, who only continues to grow and received great praise for her work in this film.
I would reward this a 10/10. Plot was great, acting was great, humour was spot on and, of course, it was a feminist triumph. Hoorah for women who are themselves without apology and without shame. Here, here, Amy. People – go see the film.
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