I'm a huge fan of the stage musical so a good chunk of my enjoyment came from finally getting to share this musical with people who don't want to spend a ton of money on tickets to the show. It definitely wasn't perfect, with the middle being a kind of muddled mess, but Anna and Jeremy are such delights (even though whoa Jer, overacting much?), and it could have been so much worse. A solid adaption.
There's a certain charm to the adaptation of the Jason Robert Brown (Parade) play that compensates for any shortcomings. The song score is quite good and the theatricality of the settings seem to work to the film's advantage as well. But credit due rests on the shoulders of Anna Kendrick who nails this part whole heartily. The same cannot be said for male lead Jeremy Jordan who wears out his welcome pretty quick.
The zig-zagging timeline may sound dissonant in practise, but Jason Robert Brown's score is far from so. TL5Y contains a spoil of porcelain ballads & jazzy show numbers that blend narrative w/ contemporary pop in effortless ways. There are musical phrases that immediately hook, others ebb & weave through the work like residual memories peering in from the periphery, reminding you of the highs & lows of what once was.