Spencer and I had a quiet Labor Day weekend, and we decided to go see Celeste + Jesse Forever. The film was written by Rashida Jones, and after I watched an interview she did with Sundance Institute about the writing process, I knew I had to see it.
The film was amazing. First, the story was relatable and emotional. Though there was a strong comedic vibe to it (it's SERIOUSLY funny at times), the premise of these two people who are bound in love and friendship and can't figure out how to save it when they decide to get divorced is real life. There were times where I found myself crying and nothing was being said. It was just pure, raw emotion being told through impressive acting, beautiful music, and killer photography.
The cinematography was gorgeous, and the entire film was shot in a really interesting way. It's hard to explain, and I'll need to see it again, but it was just fascinating to me how it lent itself to telling the story. This will go down as one of my favorite films, for sure.
Above all else, though, I'm really proud of Rashida Jones for writing this, producing it, and starring in it as a strong female. She didn't cop out and write something that would be a sure success, but took a risk and wrote something that was relatable. She also plays a very career-driven woman, which I think a lot of people in my generation can relate to. How do you balance your career goals with relationships? They did a great job of exploring that.
Seeing this film gave me a lot of hope that I can do something as powerful and as beautiful as she has.
All images from Sony Pictures, Celeste + Jesse Forever