Celeste And Jesse Forever: Blu-ray Review










The Movie:

Celeste (Rashida Jones ) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are a married couple like no other. They “get” each other, they understand each other and laugh endlessly. They’re basically best friends. It’s unfortunate that they are getting a divorce. Even with that going on they just can’t seem to let each other go and keep each other within an arms length. They continue to hang out together, go out to eat together and even live within 10 feet of each other. When Jesse begins to date other people and continue on with his life, Celeste can’t seem to come to terms with it (even though she denies it) and soon her feelings for Jesse begin to resurface causing her to doubt certain decisions she made previously.

This is no love story despite the title. This is a story of self-discovery and moving on. Writers/actors Rashida Jones and Will McCormack did an extremely excellent job at bringing forth TONS of emotion but mixing in humor as well so that way it’s not overly serious. They give us a story that most of us can relate to in one way or another and they do it in a way that feels “real”. There’s one moment in the film that Jesse thinks him and Celeste are going to get back together after a (drunken) sexual encounter and when she tells him it was all just a mistake you can almost see the moment his heart shatters. Samberg was phenomenal! We are used to seeing him play this over the top goofball and yes, some of that was there but for the most part he played a heartbroken man with no other choice but to try to move on with his life. I really hope people see this film and realize that this man more than just impersonations and puns. He’s a damn good actor! He balances drama and comedy moments so well that literally you can go from laughing one minute to feeling genuinely bad for his character. This could possibly be a turning point for Samberg and possibly give him the push he needs to explore other kinds of roles. Then of course there’s the uber talented Rashida Jones. Not only is she a tremendous writer but a fantastic actress as well. Watching this film almost felt like I was given an opening into this woman’s life. Her comedic timing was perfect but its those moments that she allowed herself to be so vulnerable and that came across the screen very well. Her character is awkward at times and somewhat clumsy and that’s what made her character so endearing. After watching this film you kind of feel like the best friend of a couple that’s caught in the middle of a break up. With a supporting cast like this (Ari Graynor, Eric Christian OlsenElijah Wood and Emma Roberts) I can say that it definitely gave it an extra kick and provided the “Safe Zone” between Celeste and Jesse. Honestly, I could go on and on and gush about this film longer but I really do prefer that you all see it yourselves.

Special Features:

Deleted Scenes – A few scenes that actually could’ve stayed in the film and it wouldn’t have been a bad thing.

Chris Pine Outtakes – Very funny alternate takes of Chris Pine’s cameo in the film.

The Making of Celeste and Jesse Forever – An interesting feature that has cast and crew interviews plus a bit more insight into the film with writers McCormack and Jones.

On The Red Carpet: Premiere Q&A – I liked this feature a lot. It showed the some of the usual Q&A that comes after certain premieres and it also has Samberg grilling Jones about if some of the experiences that are in the film really happened in real life.

This is a MUST WATCH and if you don’t get somewhat emotional then you have no soul………..or you’re a robot.

Celeste and Jesse comes to you on Blu-ray/DVD February 5th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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