Love, Rosie: A Film Review

 

Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

Based on the 2004 novel Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.

When a boy and a girl become friends, there is always the inevitable, will they, won’t they, and if they do, when will it finally happen?

Love, Rosie feels fresh when it comes to a trope that is familiar to everyone. But who says we can’t reuse and redo these storylines, and make believe these dreams over and over, because dreams build life. Life builds hope, sadness, friendships, and love.

When Rosie Dunne begins to hide her feelings, and secrets from Alex Stewart, Alex decides to hide his love from Rosie, together shielding each other from their own mistakes – going to the dance with the “hottest guy in our year”, Greg, when she really wanted to go with her best friend – and stepping out of the way for each other’s triumphs, namely, Boston University, where Alex is headed.

One of those dreams for Rosie is to have her own hotel, and it’s there, where her life is finally realised.

Still, the film does a good job of this back and forth, genuinely making you wonder and question whether they actually will or not.

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The story is filled with tearful, heart-filled family moments, set to a backdrop of music you totally forgot about but love to dance to, and nostalgic cinematography.

It’s quaint without being too near to the edge.

The supporting characters bring the laughter when all else seems to be lost to the fact that life’s a bitch. This is especially true when it comes to Rosie’s dad, who works in a hotel, and is consistently proud of his daughter, however she’s doing, or whoever she’s with.

While I applaud the film for doing the inevitable back and forth storyline the right way, I can’t say that in my opinion it wasn’t annoying at times that these two friends couldn’t just spit it out. There comes a time when the miscommunication and misunderstandings of life seem too silly. And this is how I felt watching the film. Though, the film does something quite lovely: it stays with you after. And after thinking about it, and thinking about it some more, I decided that life can indeed be like that. People don’t always say what they feel, for fear of rejection, or for fear of messing it up. Rosie and Alex didn’t want to lose what they had, which was family, a bond that seemed unbreakable in the end.

Lily Collins is the English Rosie to Sam Claflin’s goofy, but handsome charm, and I can see amazing things for them to come in the future of cinema.

They gave us laughs, tears, and a magical romance to make you swoon. (Read: See kissing scenes!)

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All in all, this film is a beautiful story of precious moments, and how important it is to be true every minute of every day, because you never know what will happen five years later, when your moment has gone by and your best friend is marrying someone else.

Love, Rosie is a moment waiting in the wings, forever threatening to happen.
Love, Rosie is love spelled out in seamlessly represented stages of life.

3.5 stars.

 

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