Letters to Juliet (film)

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 August, 2010, 12:00am

Letters to Juliet is a feel-good movie with an easy plot and happy ending. Sophie Hall (Amanda Seyfried) heads to Verona, Italy, with her chef fianc? Victor (Gael Garcia Bernal) for a pre-honeymoon. When Victor gets too busy, Sophie explores on her own.

She comes across a house where one Juliet Capulet is said to have lived. People write letters about their love lives to 'Juliet' and leave them in a wall. Sophie finds a 50-year-old letter from a woman and decides to write back. This leads to her meeting Claire Smith (Vanessa Redgrave) and her grandson, Charlie Wyman (Chris Egan) who, despite his initial rudeness, she ends up falling for.

The film sets out to be romantic, but it fails to tug at the heartstrings. The storyline is predictable and without suspense. The young leads' acting is stale and unconvincing. Redgrave, on the other hand, looks amazing and manages to make her role and situation credible. When her letter to Juliet is 'answered', we see one of the few genuinely touching moments in the whole film.

The relationship that is most successfully portrayed is that of Sophie and Victor. They are in love at first, but they follow their own passions, which eventually separates them. Compared to the shallow, Hollywood-style bond between Sophie and Chris, it is far more believable and subtle.