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Letters To Juliet

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Amanda Seyfried heads to Italy to continue her obsession with letters...

What is it with Amanda Seyfried and letters?

Correspondence-related plots appear to be a contractual requirement, what with Mamma Mia!, Dear John and now this lush, slow-paced and predictably syrupy Italy-set romcom.

Seyfried is Sophie, whose reply to a 50-year-old letter hidden in the Verona courtyard of Shakespeare’s fictional heroine starts a desperate search to reunite elderly widow Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) with her lost love.

Juliet aims for the unabashedly schmaltzy Mamma Mia! recipe of Seyfried match-making for an older woman in a picturesque European setting. But lacking the feelgood energy or suspension of disbelief of a musical, it elicits more guffaws than sighs.

Only Redgrave injects any grace or poignancy, while Seyfried’s trademark tear-brimming eyes may be down to her wooden love interest Christopher Egan’s faux-English accent.

The upside? It’s a significant improvement on director Gary Winick’s execrable Bride Wars.
 

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    • britishlad1981

      Jun 14th 2010, 22:01

      2

      So Letters to Juliet gets off to a pretty bad start. You're introduced to Sophie (Seyfried), a young aspiring journo, and her fiance Victor (a hideously OTT performance from the usually restrained Bernal) - an entirely mismatched couple/relationship right from the get-go, lacking both romantic chemistry and any charisma. Off they go for a 'pre-honeymoon' to Verona - the Italian setting of Romeo and Juliet, and a beautiful opportunity for some wonderful cinematography that is not wasted. In fact, Letters to Juliet works wonderfully as an episode of Wish You Were Here. Whilst there, they spend more time apart than together, and this thankfully means Bernal doesn't get too much screen time to irritate. Enter stage right, Charlie from England. But he's played by Chris Egan - former Aussie soap star. As you can imagine, the accent is B.A.D and the role everything you'd expect of a stereotype. To his defence though, unlike fellow Antipodean Russell Crowe in Robin Hood, Egan is at least consistent with his bad accent. Grandson to Vanessa Redgrave's character, he is out of his depth at any time that they share the screen but, admittedly the script with which he's lumbered is clumsy, and Charlie is in fact someone who has so few redeeming features that Egan constantly struggles to connect to Seyfried's character. Despite all this, Egan isnt THAT bad. His English accent is, and the script is. But physically, he resembles a young Heath Ledger, and is definitely someone to keep an eye on. That he manages to turn Charlie into someone who is at least bearable (if you like Hugh Grant, that is) by the time the final credits role, is testament to his acting ability. That Sophie finds herself warming to him to the extent that she does, is testament to the writers' incredulity. And besides, it's not just Egan's role that's a big old stereotype - each and every Italian character seems to have stepped right off the set of a Dolmio advert..."Mama make the best bolognaise..." - they're cartoon characters in human form, and i'm surprised the extras didn't perform a group ensemble of 'Just one Cornetto'... Seyfried is a genuinely pleasant performer but this isn't her stand out and she'll be around long enough to ensure that it's merely a blip on her CV. Why Oliver Platt took such a pointless cameo, I'll never know. So yeah - the script is naff and cheesy, the characters are stereotypesl. It makes no sense at all and there's a real lack of chemistry. But it's also kinda sweet. It's a little bit heartwarming and it's pleasant enough. You get past the first half, and as every cliche and contrivance is thrown at you full pelt, you can't help but fall for its charms.

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      Apr 15th 2011, 4:16

      2

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