The Last Five Years is one of the worst films I have watched all year. Every single song in this disaster of a film is incredibly dreadful to listen to. Kendrick gives a fine performance here, but Jeremy Jordan makes it look like she is giving the best performance of the year. He gives an absolutely atrocious performance. His character is one of the most annoying characters I have come across this year in film.
The Last Five Years tells the story of the breakup between two characters. It is told in two perspectives. On one side we have Anna Kendrick’s character, her perspective is moving backwards. We start with the break-up and begin to move backwards. On the other side we have Jeremy Jordan. His perspective starts with the beginning of the relationship and begins to move forward. Director Richard LaGravenese does this in the most messy way imaginable. At the beginning of the film, he practically comes out and tells you what is going on. He has absolutely no subtlety throughout the film.
The depiction of the relationship feels incredibly one-sided. Jordan’s character is portrayed in such a negative light. His character is so unlikable. LaGravenese does absolutely nothing to make us like him, even in the beginning of the film. The relationship between him and Kendrick does not feel in the least bit believable. It makes absolutely no sense why she was with him in the first place. The two have no chemistry with each other on top of it all. Kendrick is clearly trying, but there is nothing that could have been done to have made her relationship with Jordan feel believable.