Adapted from the bestselling novel by David Nicholls, One Day promised on its release to be one of the most romantic and heart-breaking films of recent times, setting high expectations for viewers.
Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) and Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe), play Emma and Dexter, who meet on the evening of their graduation at Edinburgh University. The two form an instant bond, and the film revisits the two of them on the date they met for the next 20 years. During these times they are sometimes together and at other times apart, both being involved in other serious relationships within this period.
Much criticism has been made over Hathaway’s unconvincing English accent, as she wavers between various different dialects. However I don’t think this is too much of a concern. Although both the leads, particularly Sturgess, put in superb performances, their relationship just isn’t convincing. They lack chemistry, which means the film does not pack the emotional punch it was supposed to. Those who have read the book will already know the conclusion, but the twist near the end did come as a complete shock to me, and I have to say I did shed a tear. It is only after this that any real connection to the characters is felt.
As for the technical side, the photography is charming, shot in mainly pale blue and violet tones. Landscape shots of Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill are especially pleasing to the eye.
Overall a well-made film with great performances from the two leads as well as the supporting cast, notably Rafe Spall as Emma’s long-term suffering boyfriend. One Day does not amount to the tragic love story it claims to be, but a decent watch none the less.
Movie Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Sophie Stephenson
DVD/BD Release Date: 6th February 2012 (uk)
Rated: 12 (UK)
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess , Patricia Clarkson, Rafe Spall
Em and Dex: Through the Years
The Look of One Day: Making a 20 Year Love Story
Anne Hathaway: Bringing Emma to Life
The Look of One Day: Creating Emma with Anne
The Look of One Day: Dexter’s Transformation
Feature Commentary with director Lone Scherfig