Celeste and Jessie Forever Movie Review
When I went to a screening of Celeste and Jessie Forever I didn’t know much about the film except for a photo (the one above) that I had seen and that Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg starred. Also I didn’t expect to like the movie as much as I did, but it ended up being a really pleasant surprise.
Celeste and Jessie Forever tells the story of Celeste (Jones) and Jesse (Samberg) a couple who met in high school, got married, but are now divorced and trying to stay best friend while pursing new relationships. But as you probably guessed, this is easier said than done.
Celeste decided to divorce Jessie mostly because of his childish aspiration, while Jessie, who’s still in love with her, accepted her decision thinking it was just temporary. As life goes one, Celeste and Jessie both forge their own paths and learn about life, love, and themselves.
When the movie started, I thought I had figured out where it was all going to end up, but I was wrong. And that is the beauty of Celeste and Jessie Forever. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have crafted a candid script that examines the complexity of relationships and life, while at the same time avoiding all cliches. Celeste and Jesse are real, they have flaws and qualities, but mostly they are great together, and yet…
I really fell in love with both characters as they built their new path in life. Jones and Samberg felt so genuine together, it was a delight to watch them interact. My favorite part was their interactions with specific tiny objects (you’ll know what I mean when you see the film), it really established their relationship perfectly and was so much fun.
With Celeste and Jessie Forever, director Lee Toland Krieger, who also directed another movie I love, The Vicious Kind, proves once again he is able to capture intimate and real stories that affect us, the audience. I remember thinking about The Vicious Kind for a few days after seeing it and Celeste and Jessie Forever also made me think about it for some time.
I would highly recommend Celeste and Jessie Forever to anyone who enjoys independent films about the explorations of a relationship and who could also use some laugh, did I mention it was also funny?
The movie opens opens in select cities today, August 3rd. You can watch the trailer below.
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