Rating: 4 out of 5
Well, it turns out that I saw the movie sooner than expected! My friend and I just came back from seeing the film adaptation of David Nicholls’ 2009 novel One Day, which the author also screen-wrote. It was directed by Lone Scherfig and starred Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.
For those of you who liked the book, don’t fear. It was a great adaptation, as is expected when the author is in charge of his own screenplay. And for those of you who aren’t familiar with the story (and didn’t read my book review), it’s about Emma and Dexter, two Brits who awkwardly kinda-hooked up after their graduation on July 15, 1988. And on that day, for twenty years, the movie follows their relationship and all its ups-and-downs.
Let me just say that their lives are mostly downs. I knew going in that I was going to cry, and I was not disappointed. You want the characters to be together so badly, but they’re often separated by physical or emotional distance. And just when you think destiny has finally matched them up, tragedy strikes (the nature of which I won’t spoil!).
If you can get over Hathaway’s horrendous attempt of a British accent, she’s so lovable and endearing. Dexter is mostly obnoxious, but you forgive him since he’s struggling with his mom dying of cancer and his plummeting television career. And he’s easier to stomach on-screen, since Sturgess brings his swoon-worthy sexiness. I believed their chemistry from start to finish.
As for other reviews, it’s a mixed bag. Rotten Tomatoes listed 26% of critics liking the movie, yet 77% of audience viewers enjoyed it. Some felt it was average, lackluster, perhaps even sexist. It’s certainly not one of the greatest romantic films, but it’s worth the money. I found it down-to-earth and genuine, but I’m glad I saw it with a girl friend than my boyfriend, because the sadness might kill the mood on date night.