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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Movie Review: Letters to Juliet (spoilers)

Yesterday, as is my practice, I took my daughter out for the day to celebrate her birthday and she chose to see the movie Letters to Juliet.

Letters to Juliet

Released: 2010

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Normally, this is not the type of movie I’d choose to spend money at the theater to see myself, but having seen it I must admit to enjoying it.   It is a fairly typical romantic comedy, unlikely couple thrown together by events which lead to their falling in love.
While one could certainly make parallels to elements of other movies, I found that story and plot, while fairly obvious, to be engaging enough to make the movie entertaining.   It wasn’t overly mushy and romantic, nor was it overly comedic and absurd.   For everyone who’s ever loved and lost, or laments missed opportunities for love, this will tug at your heartstrings and make you think about the “what ifs”.
From the official movie website

Letters To Juliet is an enchanting love story --  a tale of encountering new sparks and rekindling old flames.  When Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a young American, travels to Verona, Italy -- the romantic city where Romeo first met Juliet -- she meets a group of volunteers who respond to letters written to Juliet seeking romantic advice.  Sophie finds and answers a letter that has been lost for 50 years, and is stunned when its author Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) arrives in Italy with her handsome but overprotective grandson (Christopher Egan) to find the fiancĂ© she left decades before.  Fascinated by Claire's quest, Sophie joins them on an adventure through the beautiful hills of Tuscany searching for Claire's long lost Lorenzo. The journey will change their lives forever, as they discover it's never too late to find true love.

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