LOVE, ROSIE (2014)
Director: Christian Ditter
Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin
Love, Rosie is a film adaptation to the 2004 novel ‘Where Rainbows End’ by Cecelia Ahern and is based on two best friends, Rosie and Alex, whose friendship really tests the question of: can boys and girls really be just friends? as they discover the thin line between friendship and romance before other people repeatedly get in the way.
The film is set over a period of twelve years in which the characters evolve as they grow up from their late teens to adulthood, yet their feelings for one another stay remotely the same.
I couldn’t help but try imagine other actresses as the lead role but I honestly believe that this role was made for Lily Collins. She is charming, beautiful and full of charisma which is everything the character Rosie’s characteristics are. I felt as though Rosie was truly brought to life by Collins and that the events in Rosie’s life were real. Pre-film, I had little knowledge of Collins and so I was surprised to find out she was actually American. Her British accent was perfect.
Sam Claflin, who plays Alex, did a tremendous job of playing the witty, funny and slightly awkward yet charming character and I even found myself slightly falling for Alex myself. The both actors played the characters so well and made them two friends you’d easily envy the friendship of, despite the occasional ups and downs. Overall, the couple were the dream team you’d long for yourself and your partner to be someday.
The film on a whole is magnificent and set out beautifully. Despite the time change which occurred rather fast, it was simple to keep up with and portrayed wonderfully. Unfortunately, having not read ‘Where Rainbows End’, I’m unable to compare and contrast the novel and film. However, the film has in fact urged me to read Ahern’s work as soon as I possibly can.
I laughed, I cried and applauded the spectacular work of the cast, director and writer. If you love a rom-com and want to shed a few tears, this is the film for you.