'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 a friendship that will last a lifetime.
Emma is a working class girl who wants to be a writer. The press notes say that...she wants to change the world. Unfortunately the film never shows Emma doing anything that suggests this. I did see her work as a waitress in a Taco Restaurant and then later on, she becomes a teacher/children's author. But save the world...Nope...not even close.
Dexter on the other hand, is a rich, charming, womanizing dude who thinks that the world is his own personal playground. He likes coke, alcohol and sleeping around. This was very present in the film...over and over and over again. Dexter winds up hosting a super cheesy television show. And even though he acts like an ass, we know that deep down; he is one of the good guys.
Otherwise why would a sweet, innocent girl like Emma, love him? Beats me...
In the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths. Together and apart, we see Dexter and Emma through their friendship and fights, hopes, missed opportunities and their relationships with other people.
And that pin-points the film's major problem for me...I just didn't care about these two characters...Together or apart, I didn't find Emma or Dexter all that interesting. And when you are expecting this great love story, that's a big problem.
I knew Emma was changing by her different haircuts. Dexter as well had different 'dos' but for most of the film (except the last forty minutes) he stayed basically the same...a boring, selfish jerk.
On another note, I think they should have cast an English actress for the part of Emma. She is after all, a very well known English character created by a British novelist. Guess there weren't any English actresses available.
This is another rare occasion where the 'Two Jews On Film' actually agree. Check out our video and see how many bagels we gave this film.
'One Day' opens in theaters Friday, August 19, 2011. Love to know what you think.
*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.
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
ONE DAY Written by David Nicholls Directed by Lone Scherfig 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 DAY though, it’s all about formula and fortunately, it is mostly a winning one. Scherfig … 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...
My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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