Movie Review : Love, Rosie

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Based on the Cecilia Ahern novel Where Rainbows End, Rosie (Collins) and Alex (Claflin) are childhood best friends but, as with all good stories of the heart, could they possibly be more than just friends?

The pair are about to leave England for college in the US  ….. Harvard Pre Med for Alex and Hospitality College for Rosie …. when Rosie discovers she is pregnant courtesy of a drunken one night stand with the ‘fittest’ boy in their year Greg (Cooke). Alex, initially unaware of the pregnancy, sets off for Harvard alone while Rosie opts to remain in England and raise her baby.

Over the next few years, Rosie and Alex drift in and out on each others lives. Alex stays in Boston and embarks on a successful career as a doctor, even becoming engaged to the perfect-on-paper doctor’s wife, Sally (Egerton). Rosie struggles as a single mum to Katie (Laight) but with the help of her best girlfriend Ruby (Winstone), she manages to do it all with some fun and laughter.

As the pair face all the challenges and temptations of their separate lives, they start to reassess just what they mean to each other. But as they say, true love never did run smooth.

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I was not expecting more than a run of the mill chick flick, so was pleasantly surprised by just how good this movie is. This is mostly due to the strong female lead Lily Collins. Collins is slowly building an impressive resume, making choices (it appears) for experience rather than a desire to be a ‘celebrity’. She is a smart girl and if she keeps working this way, she will be around for many years to come. Winstone is just as strong in her supporting role with her pearls of wisdom and eternal quest to see Rosie truly happy.

The chemistry between Collins and Claflin is palpable and hits the perfect note for this movie. Waterhouse in her role as a mean girl Bethany, is excruciating to watch and is only saved when she stands there and simply looks pretty. Cooke, as Katie’s errant father Greg, is all but invisible and entirely forgettable. Luckily, the rest of the supporting cast did their jobs admirably. Phew!

This is a perfect date movie….okay so maybe it’s one for the girls. It is a bittersweet love story with some surprising turns (twists is the wrong word in this case). It won’t have you reaching for the tissues but it will restore your faith in a world where movies about young people does not have to involve mindless violence and the slaughter of innocents.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Love Flick xx

 

Director :  Christian Ditter

Starring :   Sam Claflin, Lily Collins, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton, Art Parkinson, Christian Cooke, Jaime Winstone, Lily Laight, Nick Lee

Running Time :  102 minutes

Release Date :  6 November 2014

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