AccessReel Reviews – Letters to Juliet

AccessReel Reviews – Letters to Juliet

“Letters To Juliet is an enchanting story about love —— of encountering new sparks and rekindling old flames. When a young American, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), travels to Verona, Italy —— the romantic city where Romeo first met Juliet —— she meets a group of volunteers who responds to letters written to Juliet seeking advice about love. Sophie finds and responds to a letter that has been lost for 50 years, which inspires its author Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy to find her long—lost soul mate. Together, the two women embark on an adventure that will change their lives forever —— a journey filled with laughter and companionship, discoveries about themselves and the meaning of true love”

Now I can sometimes be quite partial to the odd chick flick here and there, and throughout most of the film it really delivered a nice, cute, funny, Loveable film but then it just turned into a cliché.

I don’t know what it is about Amanda Seyfried she seems to me that every movie she is in her characters are nearly exactly the same, Dear John/Mamma Mia etc. I would really like to see her try something different, maybe something with a hint of action? But it seems this girl is really into her drama films, and as usual she does this role really well I can’t really fault her to much.

Vanessa Redgrave also graces our screens as the Grandmother who wrote the letter 50 years ago, who’s finally back in Verona to find her lost love. Now this woman has had a career of over 50 years and she seems to not be slowing down either with another 2 movies coming out of the next year or so. She’s fantastic as Claire and she seems like the grandmother every grandson would want, plus she pulls off some of the comedic elements of the film like a pro.

We also have Australian actor Christopher Egan, who graced the television screens here in Australia on Home and Away. Christopher plays the British grandson of Claire and unfortunately can’t pull off a British accent, he try’s way to hard and comes off sounding like a poor-mans Hugh Grant.

Nearly all of this film is shot in Italy and the visuals are stunning the Director really knows how to shoot scenery and get the most out of every shot, after the credits rolled I really wanted to book plane tickets the next day but that’s pretty much where the it falls to pieces for me. I really liked the story it had a fantastic premise, but in the end the movie fell over to cliché’s and poor dialog. There are certain parts of the film where if you have seen a bunch of click flicks you know exactly what is going to happen next, even a Taylor Swift song started up and I knew about 10seconds before that it was going to.

In the end they had amazing potential to make a sensational film, but it just isn’t. I know some people will love this film and honestly I love it for the best part, even a friend I took to see it with me enjoyed it up to exactly the same point as me.

I give this film 2 out of 5 Stars… And Letters To Juliet Hits Australian Screens on the 13th May and American Screens 14th May.

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