Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Film Review: Love, Rosie

Cecilia Ahern is one of my favorite writers. I first started reading her books when I discovered P.S. I Love You and I have read almost every book she has released since then.

Love, Rosie (also known as Where Rainbows End) is one of the books Ahern released around the same time as P.S. I Love You. The book is about best friends Alex and Rosie, two people who grew up falling in love with each other but afraid to tell each other how they felt. I fell in love with the book and was very excited when I heard that it was going to be made into a movie. Obviously, I watched it as soon as I had the chance.

There were a number of differences between the book and the movie, which is to be expected considering the time span of the book and the limited time of a movie. I was a bit disappointed that they did not end the movie the way they ended the book with an older Alex and Rosie but I do get the commercial appeal of keeping them young at the end. Some sacrifices for the purpose of movie-making also meant losing some moments that I loved from the book such as Katie and her daughter Rosie’s relationship as she grew up and the story of Katie and her best friend Toby’s relationship as they got older.

I felt that there was something lacking with the movie – I just cannot pinpoint what exactly. I just know I fell in love with the book more than I did the movie. Still, I have to give it to Lily Collins and Sam Claflin for the chemistry that they had because I think that was what carried the film. I would love to see them make another movie together because they just feed off each other so well on camera. Check out this thing they did for Net-a-Porter and correct me if I'm wrong. The chemistry there is not just a spark, it's fireworks! I would love a follow-up project!

Back to the movie, I loved how Sam’s face just said everything Alex couldn't. I was so happy to see him as Will in the film version of Me Before You. I’ve seen him in so many films and he embodies a different persona every time. I love how he nails each new role the way he has with everything else he has done. Yes, obviously, I am (now) a fan.

If you enjoy watching a feel-good romantic movie, this would be a good one to pass the time. It's not life-changing, but it's a good film to see anyway.

This is an old entry from my old blog, edited/updated for this one. Hope you liked it!


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