10 March 2014

One Day, 2011 - ★★★★

It's hard to know what to make of One Day, as a standalone films it probably doesn't do much. Only skimming the surface of the source material and therefore never really going into enough depth about the relationships it's easy to see how the film would fail to work. As someone who has read, and loved, the book it's completely different. The film is like watching the book on fast forward, reminding you of everything that made the book so great. Both actors are perfect for the parts, even Hathaways wandering accent(s) don't distract too much (English fine, Yorkshire bad and unnecessary as the film never mentions where Emma is from). My only problem with the film was really how that moment was dealt with, it felt forced and predictable whereas it's handled so shockingly well in the book (but perhaps that's just because I knew it was coming). So is it a great adaptation because I had to stop and check I hadn't seen it before because the scenes on screen perfectly matched how I imagined things when I read it. Or a terrible one because it fails to delve into the depths of the characters to make the relationships believable?

Read the book, then watch the film, that seems like the best way to enjoy both.

March 10, 2014 at 10:58PM

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