Keeva Stratton,Â Quip Creative
Directed by: Gary Winick
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael Garcia Bernal, Christopher Egan
Letters to Juliet is a story about second chances at love. When budding writer Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is with her fiance in Italy\’s Verona (home of Shakespeare\’s fictional character Juliet), she soon finds herself responding to a 50 year old unanswered â€˜letter to Juliet\’ â€“ a local custom where romance-torn women write letters and place them on a wall which are later collected and answered by a group of women known as the secretaries of Juliet.
When the writer of the letter, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), turns up with her grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan), an adventure soon ensues as the search for Lorraine\’s true love (whom she left in Italy all those years before) commences. Sophie â€“ as a writer who sees potential in the tale to serve as grist for her creative mil â€“ goes along for the ride, and she soon finds herself learning a few things about love herself. And while traveling all over the countryside in search of Claire\’s lost love, Sophie soon finds herself starting to question whether her own engagement is founded on a love that really is true and timeless.
Amanda Seyfried as Sophie is convincing as the young student in the game of love. She is as whimsical as the Italian scenes that surround her, and will no doubt provide the star attraction to the film. Australians will recognise former Home and Away star Christopher Egan as Charlie, in his breakthrough big screen role. What they may not recognise is his pompous and at times overdone British accent, which may make some weak at the knees but was a tad too contrived for my liking.
But perhaps the true stand out character of the film was Italy itself. Her undulating hills and picturesque villas were enough to inspire romance in the most stone hearted individual. And it is this, and only this, landscape that could provide the necessary believability to the throw-everything-to-the-wind pursuit in search of true love.
Much like the Shakespearian classic from which it is inspired, this a sweet and innocent tale that will no doubt have great appeal for those young in love or young at heart. While the plot is predictable and the lines unoriginal, there is a warmth about the story and the location that is akin to a lazy summer\’s afternoon. Jilted romantics may be best advised to leave this one alone, or at least enter with an open mind, as this cliched indulgence is truly aimed at those who are, or simply dream of being, in love.
Category: Film & TV