THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a musical about a failed marriage. Many of you can stop reading right now. You'll know if this is not your thing. The rest of you—my compatriots—read on.
Anna Kendrick plays Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jeremy Jordan plays Jamie, a newly successful novelist. Cathy resents Jamie's success, Jamie resents Cathy's frustration, and they pretend to build one another up while breezily tearing each other down. The film is told both backwards and forwards over the course of their five-year relationship, so Cathy and Jamie get to be several different versions of themselves. They're the only two speaking (er, singing) characters in the film, but with their easy chemistry and Anna Kendrick's wonderful face, they are never as grating or exhausting as they ought to be. The fact that it's all done in song is a bonus.
The Last Five Years is perfect for you if you could jam on a combination of the soundtracks to Frozen and Once, and if you loved Blue Valentine but wished it felt less like real life. But as an adaptation of a successful play of the same name, being made into a movie doesn't actually do a lot for it? The film's so low-key that it feels as if director Richard LaGravanese is just trying to maintain the intimacy and simplicity of a live performance. If so, he did it: Unlike in a lot of movie musicals, the characters' constantly breaking out into song never seems weird here. Instead of thinking "Uhhh... why are they singing?" you'll be like "WHY CAN I NOT BE SINGING LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME?"
All of this said, I'm a divorcee who loves musicals and I'm writing this review while listening to Adele and drinking my fourth glass of wine. So do with this what you want.