The basics: The trailer is pretty awesome in its own right, but Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie, a fact-checker for The New Yorker who dreams of writing for it instead. She's engaged to Victor, played by Gael Garcia Bernal, a restaurateur who doesn't really prioritize their relationship. The two set off on a pre-honeymoon a few weeks before their wedding to Verona. Victor is more interested in meeting vendors and going to a wine auction than spending time with the delightful Sophie, who soon makes friends with the women who answer the letters to Juliet. Sophie happens to find a very, very old letter and writes back.
My thoughts: Most of this film is cute and fun to watch. Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave shine. Verona and Tuscany almost deserve primary billing, as they are the true stars of this film. Watching the characters journey through Tuscany made me feel like I was back there. As expected in romantic films, the last ten minutes were almost unbearable for me. It was so over the top I was laughing out loud (there was a painfully awkward balcony scene involved). While it didn't ruin the movie for me, it did keep it from being great. Also, I found Christopher Egan (the male lead) to be rather uncompelling. He belonged as the male lead in a Mary Kate and Ashley movie, not alongside Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. As one friend noted, the male characters would have been better off trading characters. It's still worth seeing, but I recommend waiting for dvd so you can have a
The verdict: Wait for dvd and enjoy it with a
Rating: 3.75 stars
Publication date: It's in theaters now.
Source: I paid to see it at the Spectrum
Here I am, circa December 2006, in the very courtyard featured so prominently in the film rubbing Juliet's boob for good luck.
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