102 min - Comedy | Romance
Review: Matt Mungle
Romantic comedy/dramas require very little to be successful.
But those that get a few key elements right are the ones that
excel. The new film LOVE, ROSIE is wonderfully surprising and
breathes emotional life into an often cliche and regurgitated
genre. Even when it is predictable it still manages to keep the
audience engaged and attached to the characters. This is no cookie
cutter script or tired plot line but instead a story that takes
many bold twists and turns.
Rosie Dunne (Lily Collins)and Alex Stewart (Sam Claflin) have
been best friends since they were tiny tots. Their friendship
has made them closer than siblings and any sort of romantic notion
seems awkward and ridiculous; at least for Rosie. Alex feels differently
but doesn't want to jeopardize the bond they have. This causes
them to make silly decisions instead of facing what is right in
front of them. The film covers years of failed relationships,
road blocks and missed opportunities as each of them try to forge
a path of their own. The end result is what, we the viewer, hoped
We have seen Lily Collins evolve into a strong leading lady.
Here she gets to show off her wide range of acting skills. We
see her go form whimsical, to heartbroken, to a young woman stepping
up to shoulder responsibilities she never expected. She does it
all with t a grace that makes her character endearing. Claflin
often seems typical in the role but his decisions are not made
easily. He too is living a life of regret and paints it over with
a forced smile. The two together pop on screen and the chemistry
takes the near perfect script and makes it sing.
The script and dialouge has a realness and sincerity that makes
even the most predictable moments warm and emotional. As time
moves forward you start to see a pattern and like in real life
often those define our end result; expected or otherwise. The
writers do not create a new way of doing things or reinvent the
genre. Instead they build loveable characters and let them move
through the story with all the bumps and bruises.
LOVE, ROSIE is rated R for language and some sexual content.
Some of the dialouge is laced with anger, fear, and regret. These
moments are not crude nor seem out of place. They are part of
the people speaking them. The sexual content is brief but the
adult drama pops up often. That makes for a film suitable for
older viewers. I give it 4 out of 5 transcripts. It caught my
attention early and held on through the duration. A good option
for this Valentine Weekend or those who love a good romantic drama
with characters they can appreciate.