A romantic comedy centered on Dexter and Emma, who first meet during their graduation in 1988 and proceed to keep in touch regularly. The film follows what they do on July 15 annually, usually doing something together.
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I went into this movie with a much different expectation. I thought it was going to be a real love story. It was about a very dysfunctional friendship, that dragged on for way too many years. The movie was very slow moving, and I was waiting and waiting and waiting for something exciting to happen. Where was the big "aha" moment? Then the devastating twist (shocked the crap out of the entire audience - and my heart was pounding with disgust)! The ending was up in the air and I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I felt like I was left in mid-air, shaking my head - like - what tha?! It was a super huge disappointment. Even Ann Hathaway's accent left much to be desired. Totally not believable! Wow. One of the worst movies I have seen in a long, long time!!
To some, friendship and love are one and the same, and in romantic films one man and one woman realize their friendship was actually love in disguise. This is a perfect example of a classic, cinema love story. Most of the time the audience knows the couple will end up together even though the movie is trying to â€œtrickâ€ them into believing otherwise. Those darn movie producers. However, One Day is a film that shows signs of the typical love story, but it takes different turns that bring a unique, emotional aspect to the audience.
July 15, 1988: Emma Morley, played by Anne Hathaway, and Dexter Mayhew, played by Jim Sturgess, meet for the first time after college graduation in the dusky, morning streets of London. Em asks Dex the ultimate question, â€œWhat do you want to be doing when you're older?â€ Em and Dex both expect to be great and do great things. Throughout a period of 20 years, the movie follows Emma and Dexterâ€™s friendship. Struggling through everyday challenges like jobs, money, drugs, death, love, and sex, the two always find their way back together on July 15th, the anniversary of which they met.
One Day was directed by Lone Scherfig, but its roots come from somewhere else. David Nicholls wrote the riveting novel One Day, and the script for the film. After reaching a national bestseller with One Day, he found the chance to bring his complex characters to life.
One Day is an enchanting love story mixed with realistic human emotions. There are times of laughter, times of tears, and times of exhilaration. This makes the movie so great. It delves deep into the souls and minds of two humans, and shows that there is a more complex makeup to people than typically understood. There are times when the audience will relate with Emma and Dexter, understanding their mistakes, fears, and faults. Emma is too awkward and Dexter is too sex driven. But they complete each other, and as Ian Whitehead, a dopey admirer of Emmaâ€™s, clearly states to Dexter, â€œShe made you decent, and in turn you made her so happy.â€
The book provides a way into the characterâ€™s deepest thoughts that the movie cannot provide. However, Hathaway and Sturgess make up for this. Their talented and unique acting shows the characterâ€™s personalities and desires.. Hathaway matches Emmaâ€™s sharp sense of humor with her penetrating eye contact to Sturgess, and achieves the emotion in Emmaâ€™s sincere and caring remarks towards Dexter. â€œWhatever happens tomorrow, we have today. I will always remember it.â€ The detail that went into making this film is another amazing quality. Hathawayâ€™s acquired accent is easily noticed as one sharp feature, but there are more intricate elements. As Emma and Dexter grow older, their clothes change, their hair gets lighter, and their maturity blossoms. Dexter grows tired of partying, sleeping around, and realizes he is the happiest and the strongest when he is around Emma. â€œI need to talk to someone, not someone, you.â€ At the end of the charactersâ€™ story, the plot takes an unexpected turn, but, again, it makes the tale even more significant to the audience.
In One Day, the audience is allowed into the hearts and souls of two people in the matter of 20 years. The characters grow. They get hurt, they laugh, they make love, and they are happy. But most of all the film expresses the message within the words of Nichollsâ€™ novel: Loveâ€™s enduring power is endless.
Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? I'm one who tends to avoid the discussion entirely by saying "both." One Day is the most real (save a few accents) movie I've seen in a long time. It explores time and how it often slips away from us. Our hearts' desires are often decimated by bad timing, and the movie finds a variety of ways to demonstrate this. So in the case of One Day, art imitates life to the fullest, as we can all sympathize (if only a little) to crushed hopes and shattered dreams, though hopefully we eventually find our way.
Anne Hathaway stars as insecure working-class woman Emma, who, for one reason or another is drawn to Dexter, (Jim Sturgess) a charming upper middle class man with a great amount of self-confidence. It may be hard to understand just what the two have on each other, but they are characters I'm familiar with. The woman who is way too into a man that’s way too into himself, it happens and for the type, Dex is pretty likeable. Em and Dex have nothing in common. But their opposite personalities do what a relationship should; make each other better. They are Yin and Yang, complementary opposites.
An interesting technique used by One Day, is that we only get to see the events of a single day, July 15, for each of 20 plus years. Some of my peers have taken to calling this a gimmick. In a year where it seems every other film is either a sequel or a remake/reboot, (which critics and public alike have grown tired of) I feel fresh ideas should be applauded, even if it doesn't quite work. For me, however, it worked to perfection. Director Lone Scherfig (An Education) paints the picture of Em and Dex's up and down relationship with great finesse, never having too much happen on the date year to year. The filmmaker fills us in on what has taken place throughout each year, without conversations seeming inorganic. The cinematography is beautiful, especially a scene where our would-be lovers break all their rules by taking a dip at sunset. There's plenty of humor, joy, sadness, regret and a number of other emotions to be felt. I caution viewers that this isn't a romantic comedy, nor does it end like one. One Day is, however, easily one of the most heartfelt films of the year and should be celebrated for its bravery.