Letters to Juliet

April 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM | Posted in !Film reviews! | Leave a comment

Letters to Juliet

Released: May 14, 2010
Running time: 105 minutes
Category: romantic drama

With: Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael García Bernal, Franco Nero a.o.

Sophie is an American young woman who works for The New Yorker as a fact checker. To put some spark in her life, she decides to go on a ‘pre-honeymoon’   to Verona with her fiancé Victor, who works as a chef. However the workaholic Victor is unmoved by the romance of  Italy and utilises his time to do research for his soon-to-open  restaurant, ignoring Sophie. The lonely Sophie discovers by chance an  unanswered “letter to Juliet” by Claire in the 1950’s — one of  thousands of missives left at the fictional lover’s Verona courtyard,  which are typically answered by the “secretaries of Juliet”. She answers  it and soon enough the now elderly Claire arrives in Verona with her handsome barrister grandson Charlie, who works for human rights. Now their journey begins to find Claire’s former love Lorenzo Bartolini, after 50 long years…

I really liked this movie quite a lot, but I give all of you guys one tip: it’s quite a tearjerker, especially when you are too emotional all the time. Like me, haha. Amanda Seyfried is one of the best actresses of our time, and I love her works ever since I saw her as the dumb Karen in ‘Mean Girls’ (2004) (soon to be reviewed!) and as Sophie (yes, another Sophie) in ‘Mamma Mia’. She has a beautiful face, she is so spirited, she was perfect for the role of Sophie in this movie. The directors and screenwriters did a good job at making both Victor and Charlie an unlikeable person, a person one shouldn’t be with for a happily ever after. And then they develop the character of Charlie, and although he and Sophie immediately hate each other, you know they will definitely like each other in the end!
The character of Claire is wonderfully portraited by Vanessa Redgrave, she adds dignity to her but also curiosity and wisedom. All of the actors did a great job to make this story believeable.
The ending was my favourite part, but I’m not going to tell about that, you will have to see it for yourself and enjoy it as much as I did!


4½ stars


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