I’ve been wanting to see this movie ever since I heard Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of ‘Can’t help falling in love’ in the movie trailer. It’s a beautiful song, but the movie, not so much. I was finally able to watch it after months of waiting and while it had a lovely premise, I couldn’t help but be distracted by the fact that it tries to portray an ideal image of how long distance relationships should and will turn out. Granted that Anton Yelchin’s and Felicity Jones’ characters are both needy and borderline annoying, the film had its intentions in place while only offering fragments of these characters’ lives.
I will go ahead and spoil this movie by saying that yes, they do end up (physically) together, but this is the most tragic happy ending to a story that isn’t about love. It’s about people and relationships and consantly begs the question will it get better? to which the only answer I can think of is: it better.