Saturday, April 24, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: Letters to Juliet

Beautiful Eye Candy

Last Tuesday, I went to see an advance screening of "Letters to Juliet" at the Birmingham 8. I received the passes courtesy of Summit Entertainment.
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I knew that I would enjoy this film because I like light romantic comedies, filmed in beautiful places, that have happy endings - and this film definitely delivers on all counts.
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The story is about wanna-be writer Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried) who goes to Verona, Italy with her neglectful fiancee (played by Gael Garcia Bernal). While in the city made famous for being the setting of "Romeo and Juliet", Sophie discovers a group of women who have made it their jobs to answer letters written by love-sick woman looking for romantic help from Juliet. Sophie discovers a letter written 50 years ago and decides to answer it. This kicks off a series of events where Claire, the 65 year old letter writer (played by Vanessa Redgrave), follows Sophie's advice and returns to Verona to look for her first love.

The movie follows the adventures of Sophie and Clarie's grandson Charlie (played by Christopher Egan) as they help Claire to find her long lost love and discover love and adventure of their own.

All the actors are just a backdrop for the real star of this movie - the city of Verona and the surrounding countryside. The scenes of Italy in this movie are just beautiful. It is so wonderful to watch that it will make you want to go home, google Verona, and buy some plane tickets. I felt the same way when I watched scenes from the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun".

This movie is pure eye candy - light, funny, and beautiful to watch. "Letters to Juliet" opens in theatres on May 14, 2010.

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