I mentioned my Skylar Astin moment story once in passing, but I think in order to explain why I will see any movie I know this fellow is in, I should tell the whole story in detail. August 2007, the first time I saw Spring Awakening; we’d lucked out and gotten front-row seats, center section on the aisle. And yeah, I’ve discussed with all y’all my Spring feelings before, they’re extreme. So it’s the finale, “The Song of Purple Summer,” and I’m not quite losing it (that wouldn’t happen until a later viewing) but I’m overwhelmed. I am grinning like an idiot, actually. The entire cast walks to their places at the front of the stage, and as the second verse starts, Skylar Astin looks straight at me and holds eye contact for the entire verse until they have to move again. And before he moves, he gives me this smile. This would have been a pretty cool story no matter what, but the kicker of this is that my friend and I were at the stage door after, and Skylar was the first one out; as he’s signing my program, he grins at me and goes “You and I had a moment back there. It was nice.”
So, although I’m fully aware of how ridiculously fangirl that story is even for me, that’s why I will follow Skylar Astin anywhere. He seemed like a pretty cool person, and he’s pretty talented and god I love his voice. The fact that this was a movie about singing meant that I could count on his voice being on display, so even though I was very should I/shouldn’t I about the premise, I knew I’d have to give it a try.
And I’m not disappointed. It was pretty good, actually (“not as good as Hamlet 2, but,” said one of my people; “well, yes, but that’s because it’s a movie they made for wide audiences to see,” I pointed out). I’m pretty sure I’ve heard something like this said before, but it sort of felt like watching the first season of Glee, before everything got ridiculous, where there were a few moments of “okay, guys, really now” but it was mostly sort of endearing and good.
So, a few thoughts:
- “I don’t know why Anna Kendrick had to be so hard on Skylar Astin, he’s so cute,” said another of my people. “Well, yes, he is, but it’s not like someone who has their own personal things to work through just immediately snaps out of it because they see a hot guy,” I shrugged. And you know what, people have their own personal things to work through, and that’s not bad, it just is, but Beca worked through them, and not just because of a guy, but because she wanted to/needed to for her own personal growth and happiness. And once she did, then they could kiss and it was good. I’m not opposed to it. Nope.
- “I think the redhead [Brittany Snow's Chloe] is smitten with Anna Kendrick,” that same person observed. As they are not a person to observe that kind of thing regularly, it made me smile to hear. (And I wouldn’t have been opposed to that either. Nope.)
- The whole Beca/Jesse thing actually felt pretty legitimate. There was initial sparkage, but they were (albeit flirty) friends first, and they got to know each other, and sure there was a little dancing around it, but that’s how this kind of thing goes in real life, I’ve heard.
- Dear Hollywood, okay, I get it. The Breakfast Club is good. I am personally a fan, and I think this movie made a pretty good point with its references to it. But can we find something new to reference also?
- Dear Hollywood, okay, can we please have lesbians without constant “surprise accidental boob grab/butt grope/ladyogle” jokes?
- But Rebel Wilson is aces.
- And Anna Kendrick is really freaking adorable.
- And Skylar Astin forever.
- And Anna Camp is so great at being that character. Again.
- And I loved the “but we’ve been here this whole time” joke about the rarely-given-lines girls.
- The fact that Elizabeth Banks’ character called John Michael Higgins’ character on his misogyny with a big smile on her face made me so so happy.
- Also wow, those Treblemakers were douchebags.
- Shallow observation of the night: hell yes high heeled sneakers.
–your fangirl heroine.