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One Day

A 2011 movie directed by Lone Scherfig.

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Stupid romance with it's head in the clouds.

  • Dec 24, 2011
*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; but when one that is well-written and able to work around the many clichés of the genre comes along, I find myself able to enjoy it. When it comes to romance, I suppose I'm more of a classic kind of guy; I've always found the clichés found in those films more endurable and easy to forget about than the ones present in modern day romantic tales. Nowadays, things just feel so familiar and hokey; and while I was most definitely hoping for something special and different out of "One Day"; I can't say I liked it one bit.

Granted, it's not a god-awful movie; but I'd still call it a pretty bad one nonetheless. It's a story of two star-crossed lovers - Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) - who meet on the night of their college graduation and spend a night together. This fateful night is not, however, about sex; it is about the forming of a friendship, and it's one that they will attempt to keep alive for years to come (approximately 23).

Throughout the film, we follow these two "friends" as they have this contrived on-and-off relationship; it's as if one thinks they're still dating the other, while the other is meeting their sexual and romantic needs elsewhere. As far as I can recall, the couple never truly calls it quits; the film jumps from year-to-year, stopping only on the anniversary of when they first met. Sometimes, they are happily together; other times, things aren't as simple.

For instance, Emma is in London working as a teacher; and she meets a man who is initially attractive in more ways than one. He is Ian (Rafe Spall, whose father Timothy is amongst one of my personal favorite performers), and Emma finds him interesting at first; but she longs for Dexter's love, and he longs for hers. However, he finds work in the entertainment business as a host on two separate television programs; one a late night program, with the other being a video game talk show.

The film never gets confusing when it's jumping from one year to another; it stays completely mainstream and un-complicated in the way it tells its story. But that's precisely the problem. There's absolutely nothing new to be experienced here, and "One Day" does not intend to pull the kind of punches that probably could have made it work. The love story is 100% cliché; as are the two lovers at its center. I'll admit that nearly every major (or minor) character is well-portrayed; but acting is one thing, and character writing is another. This movie has one of those right and the other terribly, terribly wrong.

So with that out of the way, we've got a terribly lost movie without depth, insight, or emotional resonance. There's absolutely nothing to connect to; no human impulses that went into the film's making or writing, and at that, it's a pointless waste of your time. Any film within any drama has the potential to work well even with the clichés seemingly assigned to it; but this one revels in such conventions and doesn't even make a simple attempt to shake free of them. Also, it suffers from a destructive delusion: that you need admittedly smooth and impressive cinematography to make a romance effective. My problem with the film and its appealing visual presentation is that the style itself tends to distract from the story; but then again, the story that we are distracted from following isn't all that interesting anyways. Trust me; this isn't one you'll regret skipping out on.

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review by . November 24, 2011
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. 
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review by . August 20, 2011
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review by . August 18, 2011
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Quick Tip by . September 15, 2011
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Movies, Drama, Romance, Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess, David Nicholls, Lone Scherfig, One Daymovie Review, International Best Seller


Director: Lone Scherfig
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: 19 August 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: David Nicholls
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