Love, Rosie – Film Review

Duration: 1hr 42mins

Rating: 15

Release Date: October 22 2014

Genre: Romantic comedy

Director: Christian Ditter

Cast: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Jaime Winstone, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton, Lily Laight…

Description: Best friends since they were five; Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart have a great friendship, but is there a possibility it could become something more? Rosie and Alex would never even consider it, they’re best friends… aren’t they? Getting constantly jealous of the others relationships and always mucking up their own lives, Rosie and Alex stumble through life.

My Thoughts: I never start watching a romantic comedy with an open-mind, they all seem like they try too hard to be funny when actually they don’t need to be. ‘Love, Rosie’ started out the exact same! Cheesy and trying too hard, now that doesn’t mean I’m going to give it a bad review but there were bits when I thought “This would never happen, and it’s not even funny.” there were quite a few of those. And the worst part is there weren’t even very many comedic scenes there were like three and they were over the top, I would rather have lots of smaller lower scaled funny scenes than just a few over the top scenes.

This wouldn’t be an honest review if I didn’t compare it to ‘One Day’ starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturges, based on the book by David Nicholls. Because it was very similar – the only difference really was it wasn’t their lives on the same day every year. But it still had the same kind of ups and downs of their lives and followed the mistakes they made and how they were never sure whether they were friends or lovers. Anne and Lily’s characters were both incredibly alike and so were Jim and Sam’s. Obviously both the films had their own separate highlights but I still felt like ‘Love, Rosie’ was practically a re-make of ‘One Day’ and it was poorer for it.

If you’ve read my review of ‘One Day’ then you’ll already know that I wish I had a really close guy friend but just like I said in my review of ‘One Day’ I want to see a film where they don’t end up together (we all knew it was going to happen). I really wish they wouldn’t just typically end how you always expecting them to, if I had a close guy friend I wouldn’t want us to end up in a relationship because you have a different kind of relationship with your friends, you tell them different kinds of stuff, you trust them with different stuff and I just think it would be weird. I just think someone should make a film about a friendship between a guy and girl where they don’t end up together because it’s just obvious and not very original at all.

I wasn’t very keen on Rosie, I thought she always seemed kind of lifeless and she was always crying no matter what and she didn’t seem to really care about anything or get any enjoyment out of anything she was just a dull character. I also thought Rosie and Alex’s friendship didn’t seem genuine enough, like I kind of made myself see them as best friends because I knew they were supposed to be but they didn’t really act like best friends very much, and I don’t think you ever saw them have a proper conversation. I don’t know if the not believing they were best friends thing is down to the chemistry between Lily and Sam but it just didn’t seem truthful enough.

All in all though it was a good film about the ups and downs of life and the mistakes we make. And how sometimes we don’t want to believe something we know to be true and we should all trust our instincts because if it feels right it probably is. But that no matter what mistakes we make in life, no matter how hard it can seem sometimes it all turns out okay in the end.

If you like romantic comedies then I would suggest watching this, if you’re looking for something easy that you don’t have to concentrate very hard on but that will bring you some enjoyment I suggest watching this film.

I would rate it 3/5 stars.

Quotes:

“I know we’re not officially talking but I need help with my tie…” – Alex

“The last time I looked that depressed I tried to hang myself with my favourite tie,” – College party guy

Warnings: Contains sex references and one sex scene which is very short (about 1min.), alcohol is consumed, one of the main characters is seen smoking, the film contains swearing. For full details click the following: IMDb Parents’ Guide

Trailer: To watch a trailer and read more information about the film click the following: Love, Rosie (IMDb)

Other Information: ‘Love, Rosie’ is based on the book ‘Where Rainbows End’ by Cecelia Ahern.

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