The Last Five Years

Based on Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s musical play, The Last Five Years from writer-director Richard LaGravenese (PS I Love You and Freedom Writers) captures the f

Apr 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

Based on Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s musical play, The Last Five Years from writer-director Richard LaGravenese (PS I Love You and Freedom Writers) captures the fragile deconstruction of the love affair between a struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and a novelist (Jeremy Jordan) told in their respective voices. The conceit upon which the musical narrative hangs is that her songs begin during the end of their marriage, while his kick-off at the start of their relationship and the film’s timeline eventually moves to the point in the middle, where he proposes. Despite knowing how the convoluted plot line works, audiences will likely be intrigued by the unfolding details and a curiosity in the musical interplay between Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Jordan (Joyful Noise). (Opens Friday, April 3 at Mariemont Theatre.) PG-13) Not screened in time for review