Monday, June 28, 2010

LETTERS TO JULIET

Vanessa Redgrave, Amanda Seyfried, Gael Garcia Bernal, Christopher Egan, Franco Nero


"What if you had a second chance to find love?"


Cinema 12, SM Megamall




There is something about films set in Italy that exudes an ethereal with light and breezy vibes. "Letters to Juliet" is no exception. You might even get the feeling of suddenly bursting into a song since most of the stars have appeared in musicals. I'm referring to Amanda Seyfried who starred in the movie adaptation of "Momma Mia" and Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero as the star crossed lovers in "Camelot". Yes I'm that old, I remember watching Camelot and swooning over the dashing Franco Nero and getting lost in dreamy wonder from his booming voice.

Anyways the main premise is about Sophie, an American fact checker for the New Yorker who accompanies her fiance, Victor to Verona. Victor is in the process of opening a restaurant in New York so he is in Italy to scout for suppliers. While roaming by her lonesome self (because Victor is too consumed with his business), Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) stumbles upon a magical place. A nondescript 'shrine' where brokenhearted women leave letters about lost loves, break ups and the whole shebang. Eventually Sophie becomes one of the writers who answer these letters. She personally accompanies Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) and her grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan) on a quest. A journey through Tuscany to search for her long lost love, Lorenzo Bartolini (Franco Nero).

The film is like a travelogue as the main characters venture into the heart of the Italian countryside. Gorgeous scenes of lush verdant fields and vineyards are awash. It is further buoyed by an upbeat soundtrack of Italian and English songs. So even though you can easily predict the happy ending (both for Claire and Sophie), this film is a delightful romantic comedy to watch.

The characters are credibly portrayed by a good cast of actors. Amanda Seyfried is so adorably refreshing. Gael Garcia Bernal and Christopher Egan in small yet significant roles. But mostly the film is like a reunion for Guenevere and Sir Lancelot as they live happily ever after not in Camelot but in Firenze. Lovely!

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