Love, Rosie: Film Review

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I do love a British romantic comedy and this does not disappoint. Sure, it is cheesy and predictable (aren’t they all?) but I enjoyed the ride of this one so much. I loved it and found it charming so I threw all out all reservations about the quality because I was just enjoying it too much.

Lily Collins plays Rosie, who has been best friends with Alex (Sam Claflin) since they were kids but have always been curious about the nature of their friendship. Could they be more? Do they want to be more? Circumstances tear them apart with Alex moving to university in America and Rosie getting pregnant and dropping her dreams to become a mother. Can their friendship endured these tests?

You pretty much know the answer to all those questions before you go in but that is what you want from a film like this. You want something that will make you happy. This begins as a hilarious comedy and I was laughing out loud in the cinema but it does get more serious as events draw on. The film covers a lot of years (I couldn’t figure out how many) and both Rosie and Alex have many ups and downs in their lives and I did get a bit emotional. I became very invested in their characters and I just connected with Rosie’s story of not fulfilling your dreams.

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I loved Lily and Sam – I thought they were a great pair. They have a great chemistry and clearly got on well together on set. Lily also has a brilliant British accent – very believable. It was more the support cast that was disappointing. I’m not saying they were bad actors but the characters were very caricature or two-dimensional. Suki Waterhouse plays Bethany, who is essentially a parody of egotistical models, Tamsin Egerton’s Sally is so totally unlikeable you don’t understand why Alex is with her (same for Christian Cooke’s Greg with Rosie) while Jaime Winstone just plays the same role every time.

Also, the issue here is that the time span means Lily and Sam are playing their characters from school age to mid to late 20s, which is huge and no effort is given to make them appear different. This is especially the case for Lily, who is a mother now and when we see her daughter older, it just does not look like Rosie is her mum, because she hasn’t aged one bit. I also noticed a few plotholes – Rosie has brothers as a youngster but they are never seen or referenced to again and I don’t see how she could afford her home or hotel venture. I have not read the book so I cannot compare it to that.

So the supporting characters are stereotypical and two-dimensional but the main two people you want to care about are played brilliantly and I just wish that more care had been given to the time span issue. However, I fully loved this, it had the sense of humour of Bridget Jones and I thought it was adorable. I could relate to so many moments and the music instantly took me back to school myself. I will 100% watch this again.

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