Going into Trainwreck, I had never actually seen a thing Amy Schumer had done. Never saw a comedy special, not even her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer. Going in fresh, I’d say that her first major starring role in Trainwreck was a very nice surprise.
As the titular trainwreck, Amy Schumer brings us a fresh take on the commitment-phobe trope that we’ve seen so often. It’s telling that simply changing the idea of an independent person with a positive attitude towards casual sex from a man to a woman is a “fresh take”, but here we are. Amy Schumer takes this role and makes it hers; she’s funny and endearing, even while she compulsively breaks a perfectly healthy relationship she has with Bill Hader’s character. It’s hard not to like her, even if she can’t help but be awful to people that get a little closer to her than she’s used to. Part of this has to do with Schumer’s ability to play it so confidently and, at the same time, vulnerable. Despite her better judgment, she can’t help falling for Bill Hader.
Having said that, the one thing I found lacking is the Bill Hader character. It’s oddly fitting that in Trainwreck, with such a fleshed-out female character, it is actually the male character that seems a little underwritten, and admittedly, dull. I’m usually a big fan of Hader’s; I think he’s naturally funny, but I couldn’t get over how bland he was in this. I guess, in comparison, he’s supposed to come off as levelheaded and straight-laced, but I would’ve liked to see more personality out of him.
I think there’s also a slight weakness in the overall ending as well, specifically with Amy’s character. While the movie is a fresh take, the ending falls right in line with romcom expectations. The idea that Amy basically has to give up what makes her an independent, unique character in order to be with a man that she’ll be with at least until the credits roll kind of devalues what she stood for. Maybe we’re not supposed to like who she was at the beginning, but it’s hard not to despite her flaws. She becomes less of an awful person to her sister and her kid, and that’s a good thing, but she doesn’t need to go all reverse Sandy from Grease in order to find love, either. But this isn’t Jezebel, so that’s all I’ll say on the matter.