TGIF, everybody! Wow, what a drastic weather change we have in the last week, going from a relatively balmy November (to us in the upper Midwest at least) to an arctic December with wind chills well below zero. But it sure feels like Christmas with all the snow-covered trees and that to me, is always a good thing.
Anyhoo, I don’t know if the Christmas season is making me a tad sentimental, but when I caught this trailer last night and I actually teared up a little. But then again, stories of long-lost love always gets me.
When a young American named Sophia (Amanda Seyfried) travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated from 1957, she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love, which sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they have ever imagined.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s sappy, yes, even predictable (the trailer kind of gives away the entire movie, what’s up with that?!), but for whatever reason, I really dig it. I have the exact opposite reaction when I saw Amy Adams’ pathetic Leap Year trailer, which also gives away the entire plot. I don’t even mind the Taylor Swift song, which given its name — Romeo & Juliet in case some of you don’t know — is quite fitting here.
I find it a bit of an amusing coincidence that just a few days ago I wrote a post about Timothy Dalton, who was Vanessa Redgrave’s lover for fourteen years before she married Franco Nero (who plays Lorenzo in the movie). It’s an inspired casting indeed to reunite the two since Camelot (as Lancelot and Guinevere) back in 1967. Nero’s also still dashing at 68 — boy, Redgrave has great taste in men, doesn’t she?
Is Amanda Seyfried the new queen of young love? She also has another romantic drama coming up called Dear John with Channing Tatum. Her star is definitely on the rise. She seems to be a pretty versatile actress and pretty but in non-threatening kind of way (unlike Megan Fox, her co-star in Jennifer’s Body). She looks decent here, she makes me like her character and care about her journey. Aussie actor Christopher Egan also makes for a sympathetic potential ‘Romeo’ to Seyfried’s ‘Juliet.’ I first noticed Egan in NBC’s Kings (wonder what happens with that show, it was quite good) alongside Ian McShane and was impressed by his performance. The only peculiar casting here is Gael Garcial Bernal — who usually prefers indie fares — as the obligatory oblivious boyfriend. He is a great actor that’s under-utilized for this type of role. Hugh Dancy, who passed on the role, would’ve been a much better fit.
In any case, the scenery is breathtakingly gorgeous. I’d watch this flick just to indulge in all that lush views of Italian countryside. I wish I could transport myself there and get me out of this chilly rut we’d be stuck with for the next five months!