Starring Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess and Patricia Clarkson
Emma: I thought I’d make a difference but no one knows I’m here
Some connections are instantaneous while others can take years to come together. When it comes to love, there is no simple formula. When it comes to director, Lone Scherfig’s ONE DAYthough, it’s all about formula and fortunately, it is mostly a winning one. Scherfig follows up the brilliantly understated, AN EDUCATION, with an adaptation of David Nicholls’ best-seller of the same name, which checks in with Emma and Dexter (Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) on the 15th of July every year for twenty years. Neither love nor life come easily to this pair and watching them grow in glimpses over the years reminds us how quickly everything can slip away if we aren’t careful. Scherfig’s gentle hand allows this high concept picture to transcend gimmick, and Hathaway’s shoddy British accent, to reveal genuine emotion and inspire some pretty real sentiment as well.
By dropping in on this couple but one day a year, Scherfig could have had something terribly predictable and monotonous on her hands. Fortunately though, the much loved novel’s author is also behind the screenplay. As a result, Scherfig has the right material in front of her to balance the mundane and the monumental that is inherent in this premise. Some days go by without anything really happening at all but that’s life. There are some days even when Emma and Dexter don’t even spend July 15th together, as their lives have taken them on very different paths. The very first 15th of July we spend with them is the night of their college graduation. They barely know each other and end up in bed together but nothing happens other than of course the beginning of something beautiful. As the years go by, they each go up and down in mood and success at different times from each other, and both Hathaway and Sturgess are given the chance to grow in front of us. These young talents take on the challenge of spanning two decades and each matures as an actor in the process. By the time the end of the second decade approaches, their understanding of themselves and each other is both impressive and admirable.
The title, ONE DAY, alludes to the structure of the plot but thanks to the yearning for closeness and longing for happiness that Scherfig weaves into this picture, it touches on something far more insightful as well. As each day and each year passes without settling or success, Emma and Dexter strive toward that time in their lives when they will feel complete, whole. They work toward that one day when everything will inevitably fall into place. And while that day may not exist for all or at all, for that matter, ONE DAY will have you believing that it is still coming.
*1/2 out of **** Adapted from the recent romance novel of the same name (which was written by David Nicholls, who also penned this film adaptation); "One Day" is a romantic drama of taste, style, and what we are expected to accept as wit. Surely, I detect the style; but the taste and the wit are terribly out-of-place. Or maybe I should just say they aren't there, because more than likely, this is the case. The genre of romance has never been a favorite; … more
As the epic romanctic film, One Day is a must see. It is a love story like no other. I felt that it is sweet and very inspirational. It has renewed my belief in love. This movie strikes a chord in me, and it feels refreshing to see such a romantic movie that captures love as it really is.
Twenty years. Two people... 'One Day' is directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education) and adapted for the screen by David Nicholls from his bestselling novel of the same name. After spending one day together - July 15, 1988, their college graduation and St. Swithin's Day. (It's an English holiday that happens to fall every year on July 15th) - Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess) begin … more
Star Rating: There are two ways to look at a film that covers twenty-plus years yet takes place on the exact same date. On the one hand, you’re faced with the task of piecing together a plot separated by wide narrative gaps. It’s reasonable – nay, mandatory – to assume that a great deal takes place over the course of one year; without actually bearing witness to those in-between events, we have only the characters’ dialogue to go … more
Sad but an interesting movie nonetheless. It explores relationship between the best of friends and reconciles relationships in a way perhaps most women are able to associate with. Romance is not made in heaven seems to be the order of the day for this movie...
Hello Lunchers. I am a thirty-something guy making his way in Toronto. I am a banker by day and a film critic the rest of the time. Sensitive, sharp and sarcastic are just a few words that start with … more
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