Letters to Juliet…a movie review

Synopsis:

An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered “letter to Juliet” — one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover’s Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by a the “secretaries of Juliet” — and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.

Why I went to go see this Movie:

Okay so this looked like a cute little love story that me and my mom would enjoy.  So we booked a girls night and went to go and see it.

Reaction/Review:

So the above is a crappy synopsis but I don’t feel particularly inspired to write my own, so you will either need to go and watch a movie trailer or see the movie yourself to get a better feel for the story line.

For the most part this movie lived up to its expectations, but there was no real wow factor for me.  There was a girl who was kind of engaged to this guy, who was obsessed with opening his restaurant.  They go to Italy, which is absolutely 100% awesome as kind of a pre-honeymoon kind of deal.  Except that fiancé guy is totally into his restaurant and finding resources while they are supposed to be enjoying one of the most romantic cities in the world.

So when he goes to a winery to do his thing and leaves her behind with a writing project all is cool right. Because she has her project.  She had her thing.  And soon it becomes that he only did the winery thing because she already had something going on.  And that he is making the adjustments for her.  When all along it has been her making the adjustments for him.  And t becomes really easy to no like this guy at all.

The rest of the love story was cute and feasible.  I loved the old gramma going searching for the love of her youth. I love that she was too chicken to do what she should have years ago.  Because the pressures she had to consider, and we all do, we sometimes don’t leap and regret that we don’t.  I love that she had to know and with a bit of encouragement went for it.  I even kind of liked her ass hole grandson who was the skeptic but agreed to this mad plan so he could be there to protect her.

I just don’t like how easy it is to hate the fiancé.  It makes her decision easier.  It makes the love story easier for the audience to go with, rather than feeling conflicted about it.  It is a feel good kind of movie were we aren’t left with any guilty feelings about.  And you know what.  It pegged the movie down for me.

Final Thoughts:

If you want feel good love story without any major complications, that’s cool.  But if you want something with a bit more meat on it’s bones.  This is not it.  It is no Night’s of Rodanthe.

Rating: 7/10

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