Sunday, June 20, 2010

Letters to Juliet


The story is predictable but saved by decent acting from the cast. The two male leads are able to transform their characters' obnoxiousness into something amusing. Amanda Seyfried is okay given that there is nothing much for her to do here. Typical romantic comedy. Vanessa Redgrave is cool. Or maybe there is really just something compelling about a love story involving old people. Although their love story shares some similarities to that presented in Garcia-Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, it is still engrossing and could possibly be a good standalone story.

Varona is splendid. That sense of tranquility present in small medieval towns is effectively captured through camera and is very much evident all throughout the film. It makes you want to go there and experience it yourself. A lot of oohs and ahhs audible in the cinema every time a picturesque landscape of Varona is used as a transition from one scene to another. This is perhaps the biggest bonus in this movie. It makes you want to go to Italy, such a marvelous place. Postcard perfect!

Who would have thought Amanda Seyfried would be able to shake off the dumb blonde persona? Now sheis in one Hollywood movie after another and luckily given the chance to showcase her versatility through different genres. That article saying that she stole Lindsay Lohan's career is not true. She did not steal anything from anybody. She has rightfully earned what she has now.

It is not hard to sympathize with the lead character. Most of the time people just experience these kinds of stories about love through literature and movies. In real life, one could say that they are kind of rare. People who actually experience something like this are very lucky. Being the cause for reconnection between two people who have been separated for a long time is life changing indeed, not just for them but also for you. Too bad it is only in movies where this seems to be common.

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