Writer: Juliette Towhidi (Screenplay) Cecelia Ahern (Novel)
Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Jaime Winstone, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton
Plot: Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Poor When Harry Met Sally Rehash
Story: Love, Rosie starts as we meet Rosie (Collins) on what should be the happiest day of her life, she looks back on her friendship with Alex (Claflin) who she has been friends with since they were 5. We start the flashbacks when they are 18 and the two have a drunken kiss on her birthday before both going their own direction when it comes to the dance.
Alex goes off to America to study at Harvard, while Rosie finds herself pregnant and keeping her baby, keeping that a secret from Alex. When the secret comes out the twos friendship stays strong with Alex living the life of luxury in America while Rosie raises her own daughter Katie back home.
As the years roll by the twos friendship has its up and downs like any relationship before we learn where the two find themselves having separate lives but being the go to friend when they need someone but this could be that they are cover up their own feelings for one another.
Thoughts on Love, Rosie
Characters/Performance – The Rosie character represents people who believed they had the perfect life planned out, only for something to change it in a completely different direction, one they are happy with but not the one they dreamed off. Alex is the best friend who can never announce his love but I do feel we needed to learn more about the life Alex lives other than just the women his dates. Ruby is a scene stealer in the best friend role and every time you see her you know there will be a laugh.
Performance wise I did feel that Lily Collins struggled to start with but she did grow into the role nicely, Sam Claflin is good in these romantic comedies, where he might not be the best at the comedy but knows how to get a laugh. Jaime Winstone does make us laugh the most through the film while the girlfriends Alex have seemed too beautiful to be part of this story.
Story – Love is a story we all like to watch unfold and this story filled with almost moments for these two comes along nicely as we have been there with the person we think could be perfect for us when they are not available missing our chance of that love. I did find myself enjoying this movie more than I thought I would.
Comedy/Romance – We don’t have silly over the top comedy instead we get nice gently nods to comedy which I did like in comedy. The romance is mostly about who you could be with and knowing how you do love someone you can’t be with.
Settings – Here is where I have the biggest negative for this film, I couldn’t put my finger on where the film is set, I got told it is set in Ireland but everyone gets called English, and I also didn’t understand why Alex was always in night when talking to Rosie when it should be the other way around, I think.
Final Thoughts – I did like how this looks at miss loved between two people that are clearly meant to be.
Overall: I did enjoy this movie but I can see why the fans of the book don’t enjoy it.
I’m on the fence with this one. I read the book and gave it 4-stars but not sure how that would translate to the big screen. Thanks!
I have heard the difference from people that read the book but the basic idea is there