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Letters to Juliet

Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael Garcia Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave

MV5BMjg0OTU0NDYwNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzUwNTMyMw@@._V1._SY317_CR0,0,214,317_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.

 

 

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A Little Bit of Heaven

Kate Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal, Lucy Punch

Hudson plays Marley, a fast-paced advertising executive who uses humour to avoid anything serious. When she’s feeling unwell, she goes to the doctor thinking she’s stressed from work. It turns out she has cancer. She gets three wishes from ‘god’ – two come true, but what is the third? Could it be love?

Good performance from Hudson; Garcia Bernal seems to be a new actor to rom coms; and I love Lucy Punch as a goody instead of a baddy.

However, this wasn’t a romantic comedy. It was a romance drama. There’s a big difference and that difference is that you cry instead of laugh – all the way through the film! Too sad, much too sad for me – quick, hand me a new rom com! Or an old one, any old rom com will do!