Dexter (Sturgess) and Emma (Hathaway) meet for the first time on the night of their graduation, that is July 15, 1988. The years that follow celebrate that same date, and sees where Dex and Emma are at that point in time, finding themselves, building careers, falling in and out of relationships, but still longing for each other every single time.
Director Lone Scherfig follows the success of her 2009 film “An Education” with this romantic love story that is based on a David Nicholls novel of the same name. The film stars a talented pair in Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway.
Both Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway are okay in this. A surprisingly good chemistry between the two that translates well on screen. Its a pretty emotional roller coaster ride that has our characters at the peak of happiness, and at the depths of sadness. The emotions portrayed seemed real.
What a sad story. Definitely one for the ladies. Yes, its obviously a chick flick. The film jumps through twenty years of a love and hate friendship. Its the difficulty of falling in love with your best friend. Pretty much filled with a lot of the cliche ironic moments. The film stretched a little too long as well, like literally watching the film in its actual time frame of 20 years.
After screening though, I still feel the story to be incomplete, and that we were left out on some key details that you would probably only get from reading the actual novel.