“One Day” review
There are a dirth of romantic movies that both sexes can enjoy. Typically, the genre is geared towards women but every once in a while they make a movie that can appeal to both sexes equally. “One Day” which opens everywhere today is part of that rarified air.
The film is based on the novel “One Day” by David Nicholls, who also adapted the screenplay, centers around a love affair that takes the viewer the course of twenty years. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess are the two lovers in question and we are subjected to their highs and lows based on where the characters are on the day they met every single year. I thought both actors had strong performances and carrying a film with pretty much two characters is extremely difficult to achieve. While I found it hard to suspend my disbelief over the “age” of the characters, as they didn’t really “look different” from year to year, I was compelled to root for each character as they struggled through personal and emotional issues throughout. “One Day” was one of the most genuine romance films that I had seen in a long while. I lost myself in the themes and the atmospheres of England and found myself rooting for both of the characters. It has some funny moments and some down right thrilling engagements.
People have said that romantic dramas are predominately for women. As such, I would definitely recommend this to any woman who generally likes “Nicholas Sparks movies” but I would also say that this was even enjoyable from a male perspective as well. It isn’t a “Guy’s night out” kind of film, but I would definitely enjoy taking a lady friend out to see this movie. It was gripping and powerful, and because I didn’t read the book, nothing was “spoiled” for me which made the ending all the better. If I had known the ending at the beginning, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed the journey as much.
Before I bring this review to a close, I did want to make mention that there are plenty of “geek” references throughout the movie. I spotted a few geeky comic books and a few “Star Trek” references, which made everyone kind of chuckle.
The film is rated PG-13 for some brief language and nudity.