The Last Five Years Review

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Five years in the relationship of a young actress and her novelist boyfriend.


A musical with barely any spoken dialogue is not for everyone, but in adapting Jason Robert Brown’s hit stage musical, writer-director LaGravenese does his best to make Cathy and Jamie’s five year romance irresistible, aided considerably by the casting of Kendrick.

The structure is gimmicky (Jamie’s story is linear, Cathy’s unfolds in reverse) and the songs will curl the toes of anyone not comfortable with the idea of a feature-length Girls-style relationship tale sung in rhyming verse. But if you’re a Kendrick fan – and legislation is currently pending making that mandatory – this should do nicely until Pitch Perfect 2 comes along.

A musical with almost 100 per cent sung verse is not for everyone but Kendrick is as bewitching as ever.