Sunday, 3 November 2013

Letters to Juliette

Letters to Juliette –  Gary Winick -  Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) travels to Verona with her fiancé (Gael García Bernal) and discovers an old wall where troubled lovers place their love-letters in the hope of a reply – from the Shakespearian/mystified pinnacle of romance- Juliettte. Being an aspiring writer, Sophie spies a cheeky journalistic opportunity on discovering an unanswered letter, which she replies to and then, through the magical whim of romcom narrative – goes on a quest to find the lover, mentioned in the letter, with the (now much older) woman (played by Vanessa Redgrave, no less!). Of course, on the way she finds ‘true love’ as well…even if it is in the form of the brattishly groomed and irritating Christopher Egan (an Australian actor) doing a painfully contrived English accent. Italy is portrayed with the unending golden light, cobbled streets and picturesque villas of a long advert for pasta sauce. If you want a predictable, untaxing, well meaning and generally dull romcom to watch – this could be a winner. If not: avoid. 4/10

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