Monday, February 23, 2015

Love, Rosie Movie Review

Flo's Review
I recently read Cecelia Ahern's book Rosie Dunne, which I found out after I started reading it was going to be a movie starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. I love both these actors so I was absolutely excited to see this movie.

It was a cute movie, but I think that I would have enjoyed it more had a not read the book, or had I not read the book so recently. The book spams almost the entire lives of Rosie and Alex, so I understand that we could not have a movie that long. So the movie ends up cutting and condensing in interesting ways. For example, one semi-big character was cut and his role in the story was transferred to another character. I remember being concerned when this same thing happened to Madge in The Hunger Games. The explanation I heard was that having multiple minor characters is okay in a book but does not work well for a movie. I can understand that. Also, events in both Rosie's and Alex's stories were cut and/or altered. This did not break the movie for me, but enough changes were made for me to think, "Wait, where's this character?" or "Wait, what happened to the part where?"

What I liked best about this movie: Sam Claflin. I love this man. See?
Me with Sam Claflin at the Mockingjay Part 1 U.S. premiere.
Because I came to know Sam as being Finnick in The Hunger Games, and I love Finnick so much, I thought that I would be watching this movie and think "Finnick!" every time Sam was on screen. But that did not happen at all. Sam did amazing job portraying Alex. His facial expressions captured a lot of the thoughts that we know Alex is having because he writes about them in the book, but that he cannot really just come out and say in the movie because it wouldn't make sense.

So, my final synopsis? The movie is cute. The book is cute(r)! I suggest renting the movie first and then if you like it, reading the book. 

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