Monday, February 3, 2014
One Day (2011) [PG-13] ***
Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) have been students at a British university. Now, it's the night of their graduation, July 15th, 1988. While they've never officially met before, they've each had a distant crush on the other. After their graduation party, as fate would have it, they end up spending the night together. Over the following twenty years we observe them as they spend every July 15th together. In some years they're a couple, and in other years they're not.
Written by David Nicholls from his own novel, and directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education), One Day is a character study about growing up, the people we meet, the experiences we have and the choices we make, and how our lives are affected by those people, experiences and choices. Sometimes it is funny, and sometimes it is sad. Hathaway and Sturgess are both decent actors, but they're not given much to work with; there's very little romantic chemistry between them, and they could easily have gone their separate ways and forgotten about each other. As a result, we don't care very much about these two people or their relationship.
The film was clearly made on a limited budget. Production values are mediocre, with drab costumes and sets, and muted colors. This is not an uplifting film; it has an unexpected ending that may make you feel manipulated, and will mainly appeal to lovers of Nicholas Sparks' novels/films like Nights in Rodanthe and The Last Song, films in which a main character dies before the credits roll. If you enjoy Anne Hathaway, as I do, I can recommend Love and Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal, but not One Day.
Labels: drama, romance, tragedy
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