Thursday, 25 August 2011

One Day (2011)

Image: Fohnjang Ghebdinga/Fohnhouse

It’s been a long time coming, but the highly anticipated love story of 2011 is finally here. Based on David Nicholls’ international bestselling novel of the same name, One Day tells the tale of Dexter and Emma who, after spending the day together after graduation (July 15th to be exact) end up forging a lifelong friendship. A friendship that is revisited almost every year, for over 20 years, on that same fateful day.

Verdict: Adapted for the big screen by Nicholls himself, One Day is a bit of a mixed bag. It’s charming enough: there’s chemistry between the two leads, Anne Hathaway (juggling a couple of English accents) and Jim Sturgess, the supporting cast is solid and there are funny moments in amongst the soul-searching, heartbreak and pain, but the film fails to convey the true depth of, and their emotional investment in the relationship. Days feel like seconds in One Day, so as the film reaches its climax you feel slightly cheated as you’ve not been shown much of what happens in between.

One Day is worth a look, but you probably won't remember it the next day.



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