Celeste and Jesse Forever is a romantic comedy written by Rashida Jones and is about a recently separated couple dealing with the fact they are no longer together. The film stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as best friends and ex lovers. The film has an all star indie cast including Emma Roberts, Elijah Wood, and many others the film is directed by Lee Toland Krieger.
Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones have instant chemistry on screen, and you feel the love that was there. You see how cute they are together playing little games that they undoubtedly got from high school. As an audience member you wonder how these two can’t still be together, and you shortly find out it’s because Celeste wants Jesse to mature and grow up. Jesse still has feelings for Celeste, but after half year he has enough and starts dating again. Celeste does something to play with his heart and Jesse can’t take it anymore. He decides to move out. That is where the movie really finds it’s direction. It becomes mostly a Celeste film. Celeste has a lot of regret, and wants Jesse back, but surprise surprise Jesse has moved out and can’t get back with her. This movie is a series of depressing moments. You are rooting for them to get back together but you know that ship has sailed. It was interesting to see this type of film to be done in the woman perspective. By the end you realize the real theme of this film is about being right and not getting what you want. By the end of the film I felt empty and I loved it. It didn’t have the happy ending you expect in films like this but it leaves you with what you want.
The movie jokes and side characters are very predictable and in a much lesser movie this might have been a problem, but in this movie it really isn’t about that. It was about Celeste and Jesse and for the most part it works. My only real criticism about this film is that it is slow at times, and some scenes just didn’t work. Some of the motives of characters in this film felt forced as well. The stand out of the film for me is Emma Roberts. Playing an, obviously inspired by Ke$ha, pop star character. It was nice to see her branch out. Andy Samberg at times feels out of place next to Rashida Jones. Samberg isn’t a bad actor, but it feels like he doesn’t have the range his character needed, but they are definitely scenes where he holds his own. I do feel he was perfect for the role.
Overall Celeste and Jesse Forever hits me where it matters the most. The movie ends where it should end. It feels natural, and in modern film that is unique. You end up liking both Celeste and Jesse none of them are left to be bad guys. The film has a the theme of always fight for what you have. Don’t take it for granted thinking it will always be there. It felt like a personal film. Even the film was shot up close and has a very shallow depth of field. The movie has left me thinking, and in the end I believe that is what films should be. They should leave an impact, and shouldn’t be forgotten.
7.7 out of 10
- JR MOLINA