I Feel Pretty... It's Witty and Most Certainly Bright!
When the trailer for this film debuted, an enormous wave of backlash ensued: "Seriously, you have to obtain a massive blow to the head to see yourself as beautiful?" In numerous interviews leading up to the film's release, star Amy Schumer answered her haters with a resounding, "Yes." However, where so many people have come to trash Schumer and everything she associates herself with, the trailer for I Feel Pretty actually caught my attention. Sure, I could certainly see where the story could go wrong. But knowing Schumer's stance on body-positivity and female empowerment, I knew there had to be something more than what the trailers led on.
Well, turns out my speculation was correct. I Feel Pretty is not only far more clever than one might suspect at first-glance, but what's more, far more heart-warming as well. To say this film didn't strike a cord with me on a very personal level, would be a lie. As someone who admittedly struggles with insecurity and low self-esteem, this film has almost become an anthem of sorts for me. Sending up the formulas of transformation comedies such as Big, 17 Again, and 13 Going on 30, I Feel Pretty shows us exactly what it's tagline promises, "Change everything, without changing anything," as where the leading protagonists of the aforementioned films legitimately experience some magical transformation, Schumer's Renee, following a freak accident during a soul cycle class, only perceives she experienced such a change. Thus, where the heroes of Big and 13 Going on 30 need the magic to change their lives, I Feel Pretty's Renee doesn't. Through her journey, we come to see how radically our lives can change if we acknowledged our external and internal beauty as we are, and as such, moved forward in life with total self-confidence.
Maybe you're still on the fence. Maybe you're stubbornly remaining on the other side entirely. Fair enough. If you don't like Amy Schumer, then chances are you might not like this movie. But, I'll tell you now, this film is far more emotional and relatable than any of Schumer's previous cinematic outings. Consequently, in my opinion, I Feel Pretty is truly one of the unexpected delights of the Spring movie season. From the perceptive script, to the hilarious and entertaining performances of the entire cast (Michelle Williams is definitely a scene-stealer!), to the uplifting, feel-good message, this film is loads of fun. Heck, I've already seen it twice in the course of a week, and I'm most assuredly going to see it again!
This title contains:
Positive role models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking