What is it with Amanda Seyfried and letter writing? First it was Mamma Mia, then Dear John and now Letters to Juliet. 🙂
I went to see the movie with clear expectations that the premise of the movie will be highly predictable: girl meets boy, girl gets boy – the process in between was also expected to involve a-guy-who-is-the-current-fiance-but-actually-not-the-real-soulmate (judging from the trailer). So when you have these kind of expectations (rather than some real emotional rollercoaster story), you can end up being pleasantly surprised when the movie actually delivers above and beyond the expected quality.
I ended up liking Letters to Juliet a lot – so obviously, there are still some hidden romantic bones somewhere in my body. The story is about Sophie (the gorgeous Amanda Seyfried), a pretty fact-finder for The New Yorker who travels to Verona, Italy, to have a pre-wedding honeymoon with her fiance, Victor (Gael García Bernal). In this city of love, the supposed hometown of Romeo and Juliet, she comes across the Secretaries of Juliet, a group of ladies who answer any letters pinned on the wall on Juliet’s old house – offering advice to heartbroken, lonely, dissapointed ladies from all over the world. When Sophie accidentally finds a letter written in 1957 tucked away under a stone within the wall, she decides to write a response. The letter was written by a young girl from England named Claire, who was torn between her love for a young man called Lorenzo, and her obligations to return to England. Soon after, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) appears in Verona, trying to locate her lost love Lorenzo, along with her grandson, Charlie (Christopher Egan). What happens next? You can probably guess it, but it’s more fun if you go and see the movie. 🙂
Even though the story is oh so predictable, I enjoyed the movie a lot because of the witty dialogues between Claire, Charlie and Sophie – they help to uplift the movie from the mush that it could have turned to. Amanda Seyfried is a perfect combination of beauty and vulnerability as well that makes me want to race and give her some protection as well. 🙂 There is a scene when Claire brushes off Sophie’s hair, with Sophie’s eyes brimming with tears. I never knew that hair brushing could be so touching. Christopher Egan is also well-casted as the seemingly pompous Charlie and Vanessa Redgrave’s presence alone is enough to inject some dignity into the movie. Although Letters to Juliet is a chick-flick, I came out of the cinema feeling pretty happy – I enjoyed it a lot. I was torn between giving it a 4/6 or a 5/6 – it’s probably in between of four and five. As I’m feeling a bit generous tonight, I’ll give it a five. 🙂
If you want to escape some gloomy weather and into the vineyards, sunny skies and sunburnt fields around Verona, Letters to Juliet can be the movie to see for you.
Doubt thou the stars are fire,
Doubt that the sun doth move,
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love.
William Shakespeare – Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2