Every now and then, I decide to go see a movie. Actually, replace “every now and then” with “every week”… Can’t help it, I’m a big movie-addict. Because of that, I’ve also read a lot of reviews and, obviously, they annoy me sometimes. I get the feeling that some of these so-called movie professionals are just in it to bash certain titles. I admit, some movies aren’t as good as others, but they’re still enjoyable.
I figured it would be a good thing to write some thoughts about movies I saw myself. It helps me cope with the stress some journalists give me… I would like to stress that this is my own, honest, opinion. You are not obliged to agree and, by all means, write down your own thoughts in the comments! Just keep it calm and respectful and try not to disagree with my thoughts too often, it gives me a headache and we don’t like that..
One Day is a movie based on a book written by David Nicholls. Nicholls himself was responsible for the screenplay. This was done to make sure the movie would not drift away from the written story too much. They figured if the author himself was there to keep an eye on things, nothing could go wrong. I won’t be talking about how the movie compares to the book because I actually never read it. The shame!
One Day is a romantic story, giving you a view on the lifes of Em (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess). They had a nightly adventure on their graduation night, which was july 15th. During the course of the film, we fast forward through time, showing how their lives have evolved every next july 15th. As a concept, I really like this. It’s not your average timeline, instead it’s decades packed in one single story. The approach is fresh and pretty well fit into the picture.
Em and Dexter have a strange relationship which, as all relationships, has its ups and downs. Their interests and lives drift apart, but their feelings for each other never disappear. Sometimes they spend july 15 together and sometimes they don’t. I won’t go into much more detail since I don’t want to give any spoilers, but rest assured the story evolves towards a climax that you will either love or hate. I liked it, but I can definitely understand if some people would not like it. You’ll know what I mean if you see it for yourself.
A regular point of criticism for this film was Anne Hathaway’s british accent. Since I’m not british, I probably don’t pay attention in the same way as real UK people would. All I can say is that it didn’t bother me for one minute. For all we know, she moved to the UK when she was young and never lost her accent. It seems pretty stupid to dislike One Day because of such a silly reason but once again, that’s just good ol’ me talking…
Conclusion: One Day is a beautiful love-story, definitely worth seeing. Don’t mind the critique you find on the net about it and go check for yourself. You’ll watch a lovely story that is based on life itself. 7,5/10