ReviewWriter: Tammy AngWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects:
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"When Harry Met Sally" and "500 Days Of Summer"
"One Day" is not a story that spans within a day like the TV series "24", but it's about the ups and down of a close platonic relationship over the course of twenty years, yes, twenty years, where key moments of a relationship are experienced over several 15 Julys through time.
"One Day" has an interesting and fresh narrative structure, as it briefly opens with a scene of 15 July 2006. It keeps audiences guessing on the significance of the date and then it rewinds back to 15 July 1988, when Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess) first meet during their university graduation, spend an awkward night tumbling in bed, but never get to the sex. This is when their lifelong friendship begins, so as the progression of the relationship, their career ups and downs, as well as their personal changes that are told on screen chronologically through every 15 July of every year until 2011.
You might think that to go through pages of their lives for over 20 years might be dreadful as the movie is slower in pace and the climax of the movie is not obvious. But thanks to the effort of both director Lone Scherfig and screenwriter David Nicholls (also the writer for the best-selling novel "One Day"), through the witty dialogues, humorous plot and an amazing background setting of England, France and Scotland, the movie is intriguing enough to keep the audiences glued. It is more than a story about the pair taking too long to find that they are each other's perfect match, as the director and screenwriter manage to present various emotions through their career downfalls, family entanglements, missed opportunities in love, friendship and more.
Anne Hathaway's accent in this movie is much talked about by critics, but this reviewer was not bothered by it at all. Although the chemistry of the pair in the movie is not as intense or passionate like any other usual romantic comedies, the reviewer thinks that this successfully portrays the complicated feelings that are involved in a platonic friendship/relationship. It portrays the realism of how two people can actually like each other in the real world. Perhaps people who have, or had this kind of friendship before, can relate to this movie better than the others.
It is not a typical "feel good" romantic story so moviegoers should not expect it to turn into that direction as it has an unexpected twist to the story. The movie is recommended for open-minded audience, as the movie also deals with mature topics like infidelity, alcoholism and death. Well, with the movie is rated NC16, so expect a good run of sexual content throughout the movie.Cinema Online, 10 October 2011