Sunday, December 5, 2010

LOVE HAPPENS

Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart
Judy Greer, Dan Fogler


"Sometimes when you least expect it"


HBO



Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart) is a widower on a seminar tour of his best selling self help book called "A-Okay". It is a program which helps people cope with the loss of loved ones. His workshop brings him to Seattle where he is billeted at the Hyatt hotel. In the city of the Space Needle, he literally bumps into Eloise (Jennifer Aniston) a local florist who does flower arrangements for the hotel.

Then boy tries to woo girl but it seems that girl is a bit eccentric so his pursuit of her initially meets with resistance. Although the film is categorized as a romantic comedy, I'd say there is nothing funny about the grief and anguish people experience after losing a loved one. So in that sense, the film did tread carefully and didn't trivialize the sensitive matter. As for the romantic aspect well there were no visible sparks between Burke and Eloise from the get go. Yet somehow love does happen even if it unravels some bumps along the way.

Aniston’s performance is unremarkable while Eckhart as Burke is still an intriguing enough character vis a vis on how he deals with his success in the wake of his wife’s death. I believe that Aaron Eckhard despite lacking your average heartthrob looks is very charismatic in a non intrusive way. This works to his advantage as he projects well on screen.

The good thing about the movie despite its predictable plot is its setting. It highlighted some spots and made Seattle seem like an appealing city to visit. Plus I learned what the words "quidnunc" and "poppysimc" means. Thanks to Eloise who does quirky things like write random words on the walls behind paintings.

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