Celeste and Jesse Forever is a movie that has just been released and it is many things at the same time. The movie manages to be sad, cute and funny consistently and it is a very interesting film that could be well worth seeing.
The movie tells the story of the the two main characters who’ve been best friends since they were very young and they eventually got married. At the beginning, the viewers are taken through a storybook montage of their lives together and it is clearly designed to show that the two characters have had an idyllic relationship together.
When the dialogue in the movie begins it does seem to be that everything is incredibly normal. They have inside jokes, adore each other, and seem to be the people who have the relationship that everyone envies. However, it is made clear rather quickly that they are going to get a divorce although this is not something that is going to interfere with their friendship – or so they say.
As you would expect, however, things don’t work out so well for the characters, played by , as an easy divorce and a continued close relationship is not going to be possible. The main story of the movie is that the couple are going to have to work very hard to not be together and this is something that is emotionally draining on both parties.
Samberg’s character, Jesse, is clearly very emotional once they have been divorced and he is often seen crying. For a comedian, Samberg does a very good job of the serious scenes in the movie but it is still possible to see his unique brand of humour. There are no gimmicks, which he is usually known for, and it is very nice to see the comedy shine through in what is otherwise a rather sad movie.
The movie opened at the Sundance Film Festival and many people are saying that it is one of the best that Rashinda Jones has ever done. As well as writing the movie, she also produced it and stars in it as Celeste. In the movie she is a successful 30-year-old struggling to cope with the decision to end her relationship. It seems, at first, that she is dealing with the divorce rather well, however, it is clear that underneath her emotions are boiling and then suddenly the whole issue strikes very dramatically.
In the movie she has to face the regrets, mistakes and feelings that she has about losing her best friend and husband. In many ways, she is a very damaged character as she is self-involved, cold and rather self-righteous. Jones really portrays this character brilliantly and she really is one of the best performers in the cast.
The script is well put together and it is serious and funny at the same time. It also has a great deal of emotional maturity and is really leads the audience away on a fantastic story about the pain and joy of relationships.