Schumer and Michelle Williams absolutely light up the mediocre notions, making I Feel Pretty far more enjoyable than it should be
Amy Schumer appears to have absolutely mastered the role of the comedienne with a real life persona, and ‘normal’ yet humorous encounters with life. She seems to understand the modern-day pressures of body image and self-conscious behaviour, plugging them into every role she takes on. I Feel Pretty is the absolute pinnacle of this fight on body image, and really is exactly what it says on the cover.
Renee (Amy Schumer) is an average woman down on her luck working for a fashion company’s website from a tiny Chinatown basement. Attempting to change her fortunes, Renee looks to spinning classes as a way to improve her outward appearance and her mental happiness. But when she hits her head in a bike related accident, confidence in her own body image skyrockets and she quickly begins to believe she can do anything.
I Feel Pretty offers absolutely no surprises but it naturally doesn’t offend either. Low on excitement and genuine entertainment, much is left to be desired from most of the film’s make up. Yet Schumer and Michelle Williams absolutely light up the mediocre notions, making I Feel Pretty far more enjoyable than it should be. Williams especially, as her high-pitched fashion boss, pulls off an exquisite comedic performance offering originality and humor. A fresh voice in a sea of formulaic comedies.
Whilst not being remotely ground-breaking, I Feel Pretty is very much a film for the modern day, slightly pushing the boundaries around body image, a particularly hot topic in 2018. It’s a film some will raise eyebrows to as a millennial driven pointless creation, but the two key performances show just how funny female led comedies can be, even if it isn’t a film for the ages.