Movie Review: One Day (2011)

| 2 September , 2011 | Reply

Directed by: Lone Scherfig
Staring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 3/5

July 15th 1988: Edinburgh. It\’s the night of their graduation and nerdy Em (Anne Hathaway) and suave Dexter (Jim Sturgess) almost spend the night together. Their romantic near miss evolves into a profound friendship spanning twenty years, in which the ill-fated pair tragically fall in and out of love and lust with one another, just always at different times.

She is a self-conscious middle class introvert who wants to change the world with her poetry, but instead finds herself being swallowed up by a painful job in a cheap Mexican food dive. He is an upper class playboy who flits away his time ‘finding himself\’ in the arms of numerous women abroad. But this odd couple are entirely perfect for each other; if only they could see what we can.

Based on the much beloved novel by David Nicholls, One Day is an epic romance punctuated by loss, grief, and friendship. Like the book, One Day visits the duo on every significant July 15th of their two decade long attachment as they grow together, grow apart, and slowly grow up.

Sturgess and Hathaway are pleasant as the would-be lovers, but unfortunately fall shy of recreating the dizzying intimacy captured in those well-worn pages.

One Day has its laughs, sweet moments, and some wonderfully rich banter, but this mature romance is a grand tear jerker designed to encourage you to make the most of what you may not realise you\’ve got. Make sure to pack the tissues.

One Day is in cinemas now.


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