Thursday, 13 May 2010

Letters to Juliet

AMANDA SEYFRIED stars in the romantic drama LETTERS TO JULIET.
Photo: John Johnson, Courtesy of E1 Enterainment

Dir: Gary Winick (Bride Wars, 13 Going on 30)
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal, Franco Nero
USA, 2010

Reason to see: The trailer looked very sweet, plus I love Vanessa Redgrave

With the tagline "What if you had a second chance at true love", you know it's going to a film filled with warm and fuzzies, and it is. Letters to Juliet brings us a warmhearted view on love, romance and relationships. The film follow Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who comes across and decides to answer a long lost love letter written by Claire (Vanessa Redgrave).

While I don't consider myself a romantic, this film did win me over. The characters are believable and well played, and the scenario has a cute sense of adventure and whimsy while still being relatable and sweetly hitting home. I also enjoyed how even though romance is the obvious theme here, what we also get is a lovely female relationship formed between Sophie and Claire that was the unexpected joy of the film. It's as much about their relationship as it is about romance, yet everything is intertwined together as life inevitably is. I also loved that it showcased love at different ages and stages of life, giving it not only multi-generational appeal, but awareness and acknowledgement that love exists at many different times of life.

In terms of the cast, Amanda Seyfried is having one heck of a year, it's only May and this is her third release of the year after Dear John, Chloe and now here in Letters to Juliet. Amazing. Even though Chloe provides a lot more variety, I think Letters to Juliet is her strongest performance of the year. For me it was really Vanessa Redgrave really knocks it out of the park, every scene she is in she lights up on screen in a strong, subtle way radiating beauty and knowledge. Overall, I found it rather touching and an easy recommendation for the romance fans out there. It's a film I'd easily enjoy watching with my Mom or my sisters.

As a fun side note, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero are in fact a couple in real life. This has has me all the more curious to see the 1967 film version of Camelot where they starred as Guenevere and Lancelot (with Richard Harris as Arthur). Can you imagine?

See also: Letters to Juliet DVD Review

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'll watch it again
I'd recommend it fans of romance and light dramas

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© Shannon Ridler, 2010


Photo: John Johnson, Courtesy of E1 Entertainment


vanina said...

I completely agree. I was not looking forward to seeing this but my daughter insisted and I'm so glad I did.

Ayush Agarwal said...

I actually loved ur review n i 2nd it... The movie is far too sweet... its just awesome... I really liked d movie...

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