I postponed watching Celeste & Jesse Forever for a while now. At first, it looked a sweet movie, but with Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones on the cast I wasn't sure. Today, I finally stopped being so troubling and could see how preconceived ideas are a bummer.
Actually, there's a line about it on the film. Emma Roberts, as a pop singer, says to the prejudiced and critical Celeste how she knows people like her, that don't hesitate to give an opinion before even knowing what she's talking about - "contempt before investigation" were her words. I see that happening a lot with reviews about movies and books. About everything, actually. It is easier to judge something than to really pay attention. I try not to do that, but sometimes I fell on this trap from the common sense.
Celeste and Jesse are people that we see around. They are us, even - so much that seeing them going through their hard breakup is really painful. It shows us how sometimes there's no right or wrong, just human beings trying to do their best.
Their separation is hard not because they fight a lot or are wrongful. They love each other and are best friends, but as a couple they grew apart. Nothing is black or white here. At some moments, it seems like Celeste is awfully wrong, but, like in our relationships, we see that it is not like that. She has a reason to be unsatisfied on her marriage, and even in denial, she knows that there's not other way than to be separated from the guy she loves.
Jesse is not the focus here, despite a fundamental part of this story. But we can see through his struggles. This way, Rashida Jones and Adam Samberg are solid in telling a story that we live and witness many times during our lives. I was ending this post with an "unfortunately", but it is not, actually. It is an important way to know ourselves, always. And this movie tells that with accuracy.
|Celeste & Jesse Forever. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. With: Rashida|
Jones, Adam Samberg, Chris Messina, Elijah Wood. Writers: Rashida Jones,
Will McCormack. USA, 2012, 92 min., Dolby Digital, Color (CableTV).
PS: The movie's title sequence is really good :)