I went to see this movie because of Lily Collins.
Ya, she looks so pretty on screen.
I first saw her performance on Mirror Mirror (2012) and was stunned by how beautiful she looks in the movie.She’s the perfect Snow White I’ve seen so far. A perfect female figure that resembles the disposition of a royal princess. This is also exactly why, I don’t find myself enjoying her being Rosie.
Rosie is a straight to the point kind of girl who doesn’t hold back in front of boys. She had sex with the worst guy in school, seduced him on bed again years later, and she was also a BFF to a punk girl.
Not to say this is a bad character, but a girl like that definitely doesn’t look like Lily Collins. If I were the casting director, I would have chosen an actress with more apparent display of open-mindedness and maturity. Lily Collins is more like a lovely little princess, and I couldn’t help imagining Snow White unbuttoning her blouse seducing a hot high school dude…ouch!
I’m not saying that Lily Collins did bad in the movie, what I’m trying to express is exactly the opposite. Rosie is an interesting character, but the movie didn’t really give her a chance to show who she is from within. What we see on Rosie throughout the movie was just a girl who’s always unsure about what she wants. She made a mistake (a lame one) and that changed her entire life. How did that affect her feelings? What has she sacrificed during the process? Yes, we saw her brought up her daughter by herself, worked as a room cleaner in a hotel…these details are very valuable assets that connect us into feeling for her, but they certainly don’t look significant in the movie.
Instead, the movie tries very hard to emphasise her love story with childhood sweetheart Alex. Sure, why not? Romance is good, it’s just that this part of the story didn’t look better than the insignificant one. Their struggles and pain weren’t at all convincing. There were tons of opportunities for either of both to step forward, to not hook up with someone else, and to be honest with each other. The chemistry was obvious and they weren’t constrained by any inabilities. So what was the problem there?
Remember that part when Alex proposed to her high school girlfriend just a few months after he thought he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Rosie? I mean, what the heck? Where is the sensational romance? Where is the constancy like Noah Calhoun? Couldn’t he at least show up and say something? The ‘obstacles’ between their union are quite poorly designed.
As I mentioned earlier, I do believe the part where Rosie turned into a good mother and later a dream-pursuing entrepreneur a much better story. It’s disappointing they didn’t put much effort into describing the details, but what actually pissed me off was, they used her daughter as a catalyst for Alex’s confession to Rosie, on his wedding day with another girl! I honestly think that was the worse arrangement ever.
I’ll have to rate this 2.5/5, and for the record, that 2 stars go straight to Lily Collins.
Sam Claflin? Meh.
Side note 1: Watch One Day (2011) for a similar, but much better story.
Side note 2: I do believe Love, Rosie on book is better.