UPDATE: Laura Brodnik’s Amy Schumer I Feel Pretty review is so bloody good, Amy Schumer shared it on Instagram. Read on for the Amy Schumer certified I Feel Pretty review.
It will also leave you so full of emotion that you might want to sneak a discreet pack of tissues into the cinema with you and spring for that extra-large box of popcorn. All because it can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster when you sit through a movie that has you snort laughing one moment, and then tearing up the next.
In I Feel Pretty, Amy Schumer stars as Renee, an “average” (by society’s standards at least), woman who feels trapped and saddened by her appearance. In fact, her insecurities seep so deeply into every aspect of her life that they keep her from pursuing relationships and enjoying spending time with her two close-knit friends.
But perhaps most devastatingly of all, her disdain for her appearance prevents her from chasing her dream job. So instead of working within the palatial, Instagram-worthy offices of beauty brand LeClaire, she is stuck in a dingy basement workspace on the outskirts of New York, tinkering away on a forgotten section of the company’s website.
In an attempt to fix her life by changing her appearance, Renee optimistically heads into a spin class, but after taking a catastrophic fall off her bike, she awakens from a blackout to find out that she is now drop dead, stunningly gorgeous. Or at least, she thinks she is.
To the audience (and everybody in her life) Renee looks exactly the same as she always did – and unlike other make-over movies from years gone by, we are never actually treated to a glimpse of the person Renee thinks she has transformed into.
It is treading this perfect line between humour, physical comedy and body positivity that the brilliance behind I Feel Pretty really shines.
Some of Schumer’s best moments come from the scenes where she is paired with model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, a successful entertainer who is also traditionally “beautiful”.
Now, when the trailer for I Feel Pretty first dropped, some people expressed concerns that the storyline and character of Renee were in fact more harmful than helpful to the body positivity movement. All due to the fact that Amy Schumer is a blonde, white, able-bodied woman of average weight and build.
If her body is comedic, people asked each other, then what hope is there for the rest of us?