Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael Garcia Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave
Sophie works as a fact checker at the New Yorker, but wants to be a writer. She holidays with her fiance, Vincent, in Verona so they can spend some of their busy time together before they get married.
Once there, and already neglected by Vincent, Sophie meets a group of women who are Juliet Capulet’s secretaries – they answer love letters written to Shakespeare’s Juliet. She answers a 50 year old love letter written by English woman Claire, and advises her to follow her heart and find her lost Italian love, even after all this time. Claire and her grandson, Charlie, come to Verona to find Lorenzo and Sophie accompanies them on their quest. She intends to write about the journey as a story for the New Yorker. During the journey romance blossoms between Sophie and Charlie. She may get published, but will she find her true love? And will destiny work its magic on both women?
I was reluctant to watch this movie as I’m not a huge fan of Seyfried after that dreadful attempt at acting in Mamma Mia. But she was actually okay and a lot less annoying. There wasn’t a lot of humour (in fact, none really), just indignant looks on one side and a pompous attitude on the other. So it really was all about the romance – and this was a bit too much to take after a heavy meal. However, as I shed quite a few tears towards the end, I would have to admit that it was quite moving. I wouldn’t buy it at Christmas, I might not even want to watch it again, but it is watchable, and has a certain Italian charm.