Movie review: Love, Rosie a true love tale

admin | 杭州桑拿
7 May 2019

FAIRY FLOSS: Lily Collins stars in Love, Rosie.LOVE, ROSIE (M)

Stars: Lily Collins, Christian Cooke, Sam Claflin, Tamsin Egerton

Director: Christian Ditter

Screening: selected cinemas

Rating: ★★

IT would be hard to find a film with less local flavour than Love, Rosie – the work of a German director, Christian Ditter, and an Iranian-English screenwriter, Juliette Towhidi, adapting an Irish novel, Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern.

Shooting took place in Toronto and Dublin, though all the actors speak with English accents. The film involves best friends who seem destined to become a couple, but don’t.

Instead, Rosie (Lily Collins) falls pregnant to her prom date (Christian Cooke), who leaves her. Meanwhile, her soulmate Alex (Sam Claflin) goes off to Harvard where he takes up with a snooty American girl (Tamsin Egerton).

The humour is slightly bawdier than expected.

Despite this, the film remains a traditional Cinderella story, in which the patience of true love is at last rewarded.

Typically for the genre, this entails some callousness: secondary characters are allowed to seem like actual romantic possibilities before being kicked to the kerb.

What all this adds up to is a film with the consistency of fairy floss.

Christian Rein’s cinematography has the inviting warmth of a latter-day Woody Allen movie, cranked up beyond realism.

Collins manages to be sweet and chirpy without being too cloying. Claflin is well cast as a good-looking doofus, although it’s a stretch to think of him getting intoHarvard: given his failure to register Rosie’s extremely obvious passion at the outset, you’d have to presume he’s either not that keen or not that bright.

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