ONE DAY – a snore fest

Based on the best selling novel of the same name, One Day tells the story of Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew’s (Jim Sturgess) relationship, which started on their graduation day on July 15, 1988.

What was meant to be a one night stand, never was. Instead Emma and Dex form a lifelong friendship.  Every July 15, for the next 23 years, the audience sees where Emma and Dexter are in their lives, how their relationship has evolved, what opportunities they have seized, and which ones they have let slide.

I was really looking forward to this film. I hadn’t read the book but I thought the concept of tracking a love story over 20 years, by visiting the major players on the same date each year, would be interesting and no doubt a tear jerker. Unfortunately it was neither.

The blame can’t be placed on Jim Sturgess or Anne Hathaway. Sturgess was great as the boozing, self involved, fame hungry, lost, Dex; and Hathaway, if you can forgive her terrible accent, played the awkward college girl who turns into someone who wants to make a difference in the world, well.

It was also disappointing that the supporting cast were not better utilised. Patricia Clarkson’s performance as Dex’s mum was a standout. Even without reading the book, you can tell that there is more of a story to tell here but that was never fleshed out.

Unfortunately 107 minutes is too little time to devote to this story. This would have been better served as a television series or even a mini series. A medium where the story can be teased out is needed. This film felt like the director, Lone Scherfig, was focusing too much on moving through the years rather than spending time developing back stories and relationships.

Because of the speed of the passing years, and the fact that major plot points are not explored, the audience is left not caring about what happens to Emma and Dex and, is ultimately left very unsatisfied.

As it reaches its climax, One Day tries to become profound. It wants to leave the audience with a sense of don’t waste your life away – time is fleeting and what you do with it is important. That didn’t work. I was too bored at this stage to take this in and was left thinking, yes time is fleeting and important and I am not happy that this film robbed 107 minutes of my life! I’d recommend staying away from this and invest your time in reading the book instead!

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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