I saw this incredible broadway show, The Last 5 Years, and just cannot stop thinking about it. The story follows a couple, Jamie and Cathy, and their five year journey. Sadly, the show is ending its run but there will be a movie adaptation (starring Anna Kendrick!). Of all the people I’ve spoken to about the show, there seem to be pretty different opinions about what went down in this relationship. The question is, are you Team Jamie or Team Cathy? Spoilers below if you don’t want to know about this story!
So the gist of the story follows the crumbling relationship of this couple, however both characters start on opposite ends of time. The show begins with Cathy in the present, devastated that their 5 year relationship is over and Jamie just meeting Cathy pretty much falling in love at first sight. They meet in the middle and get married and the show ends with Jamie leaving Cathy while Cathy is excited just after their first date. Frankly, I see both sides. I see how some people blame Cathy for the demise of this relationship and vice versa.
Cathy was super jealous. You see her overreacting and being jealous about other women that Jamie works with. You also see her not really trying like when she refuses to come to Jamie’s book party. It was Cathy who suggested moving in together in the first place and it all happened super quick. Cathy chose the rough career path of acting and she was struggling. She was never able to get over that Jamie was super successful while she wasn’t. One of the main things Jamie says that really makes you sympathize with him is when he tells her, “I’m not going to fail because you can’t win.” If Cathy was a little more supportive they could have made it work.
It took Jamie all of one song to be less than excited about being married. Immediately after the wedding he began looking at other women and fueling Cathy’s jealousy. Sure, he called her and said all the right things but his heart wasn’t in it. It makes you wonder whether he was ever really into it. He admits that it was all moving a little too fast and that maybe they should slow down but he never let’s Cathy know that everything isn’t perfect until it’s too late. He leaves her on her birthday. He cheats on her. He cares only about his own career. And then he leaves her.
Okay fine. I’m clearly Team Cathy. Overall, the show was beautifully tragic. The music was amazing, the comedy was there, but it was an emotional roller coaster.
Did you see the show? Who’s side are you on?