Thursday, September 15, 2011



one-day-movie-poster-2011-1020684262One Day’s central idea isn’t anything new.  Charting a couple over the years as they take timid steps towards romance has been done several times.  Making such a well-worn theme fresh is the key – something One Day mostly manages.  With appealing leads this romantic tale conjures suitable emotions despite its elongated timeline.

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) are two friends graduating college in 1988.  After spending the night together they vow to keep in touch.  This they do over the next twenty years as their friendship develops and grows.  With personal traumas and issues separating and binding them, they learn the value of true partnership which helps for the challenging times ahead.

Admirers of undemanding romance movies will probably love this. Others may find much to criticize in a less than involving story although Hathaway and Sturgess give it their all.   At issue is the poor establishment of the characters as the initial brief introduction does little to enable the viewer to empathise with them.  Coupled with a somewhat disjointed time-line flipping through the years with undue haste it makes for frustrating viewing.

When it works it does quite well.  The longevity of genuine friendship and the honesty arising from it effectively underscores the script’s message.  Such moments aren’t shown often enough, although the setting of certain eras is finely realised.   Perhaps reading David Nicholls’ book on which this is based would be the best way to obtain more out of the tale, as Lone Scherfig’s direction ensures only the surface emotions are shown.

One Day provides a basic serve of vanilla romance with only the scenery and generally good acting standing out.  Although involving in places, this superficial movie could have used more of the passion its character’s romance suggested.


Movie Review Rating  5 / 10

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