Trainwreck Review

Women may not be equally represented in the action movie world, but they are certainly packing a punch with comedy on the big screen this year. Amy Schumer joins McCarthy and Poehler in having huge success carrying their own movies.

Trainwreck tries to dispel the often overused stereotypes of men in women in the movies with sharp wit and one hell of a leading lady.The film begins with two young sisters hearing their dad’s philosophy on the trouble with monogamy. This mantra seems to have been cemented in the current lifestyle of the now grown up Amy (Amy Schumer), a single woman with a good career as a magazine writer and a fun personal life with no strings relationships accompanied with copious amounts of drink and weed.  A proud commitment-phobe she has chosen promiscuity to be her badge of honour and as the butt of her jokes.

But’s it is a rom-com so love is in the air when she is assigned to write about the charming Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), a surgeon to elite sportsmen and women. Meanwhile, she also has family woes with her dad’s declining health and her sister’s seemingly perfect life. 

Schumer has written some wonderfully confronting and hilarious sexual encounters which are clever and uninhibited. It’s so refreshing to see a woman take control of this type of humour and she runs with it no holds barred. Schumer’s confidence and her comedic ability make her hugely enjoyable to watch; however, I just wanted more.

This kind of female character is generally seen in smaller independent films, but then she’s normally taken more seriously. Schumer has taken control of her character and allowed her to be flawed without judgement making the first hour of the film a riot.

The film offers some fun performances from of her co-stars. One surprise gem was Tilda Swinton as Amy’s hard nosed cockney magazine editor. John Cena is brilliant as her repressed homosexual boyfriend and LeBron James wins us over as the sensitive BFF to Conners. Oh and Daniel Radcliffe turns up too! Hader is a great partner in crime for Schumer as the accepting and geeky doctor Conners and they share good chemistry and quirky exchanges.

On the downside I didn’t think that Amy really was a Trainwreck as she didn’t seem to far off the rails to me, although it made for a fun ride it was a much safer one that I wanted to take. I was also slightly disappointed that the film went much more traditional rom-com route than I was expecting, although we still have that Schumer je ne sais quoi and a sense of imperfect reality which is comforting.

Ultimately Trainwreck is both provocatively funny and an unsurprising sweet romantic comedy where the girl gets her boy.

You can see Trainwreck in NZ Cinemas now.

Reviewed by Ingrid Grenar.

3.5 stars small