» Reviews: One Day

L.E. Green

|    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

  • Director: Lone Scherfig
  • Producer: Tessa Ross, Nina Jacobson, Jane Frazer
  • Writer: David Nicholls
  • Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Tom Mison, Jodie Whittaker, Tim Key, Rafe Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Josephine de La Baume
  • Distributor: Alliance, Random House Films
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama, Romance

How many ways are there to say “I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it”? That seems to be my predicament, as One Day, a story following the events of two friends on the same day each year, was enjoyable but contained a couple of aggravating flaws. Firstly, the basis of their entire relationship was confounding, especially when accounting for common human responses to rejection. Second, and more ridiculous, many of the down-points played out as tragedy for the sake of emotional response. Still, it’s a beautifully presented, often funny and charming film that will be worth watching… eventually.

Verdict: Wait for the DVD/Blu-ray

 

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