Sunday 8 February 2015

Love, Rosie: Book - Movie Adaptation - FTM

  1. Rosie and Alex are best friends until Alex's family moves to America. They gamble everything to keep their love and friendship alive over the years and miles.

    Love, Rosie (also known as Rosie Dunne) is a British romantic comedy film directed by Christian Ditter and written by Juliette Towhidi, based on the 2004 novel Where Rainbows End by Irish author Cecelia Ahern. The film stars Lily CollinsSam ClaflinTamsin EgertonSuki WaterhouseJaime Winstone and Lily Laight.
    - Wikipedia Synopsis

    This Review Will Possibly Contain SPOILERS

    I first read Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, in the early weeks of winter. I had fairly enjoyed, it was a cute and fluffy book however I did come across some flaws that I did not enjoy. The only reason why I wanted to read this was because of the actors in it who I truly am a fan of. I've been waiting MONTHS AND MONTHS for this film to come out and now I have seen it and I am quite satisfied with the finished product.

    The original book, Where Rainbows End is told through, letters, emails and instant messages. Obviously, the film wasn't told through that particular format and honestly I prefer the film over the book for some reasons. Even though Love, Rosie isn't really spot on to the original book it still holds the same essence as the book which is a very important factor if the film is kind of venturing off from the book. 

    In the book, you are never witnessing things in 'present time' you are always being told after the occurrence. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they sort of kept that aspect in the film because it was being narrated backwards. In the film, it mainly focuses on Rosie, where in the book you are seeing both perspectives of the story (Alex and Rosie). Part of me really wanted to see more of other characters sides of the story, especially Alex's story. We barely reflected on his life throughout the film and we ended up having to guess what was going happening because we were being given little hints. Also, for some reason I didn't feel like Rosie and Alex were truly best friends, I knew they were but it didn't really play well on the screen. The movie focused on the romantic elements and not so much on the friendship, which makes sense because it is a romantic comedy. However, I do think that Lily Collins and Sam Claflin had great chemistry, they are Rosie and Alex and I really loved how in the scene where Alex finds out she had Katie, he said something along the lines of "Can I be her father?" or "I can be quite a father." I really don't know what he said, I just knew it was one of the sweetest things said in the film.

    One of my favourite part of the film is that it made so much more sense then the book in my opinion. There were so many little things in this movie that made everything more touching and significant, such as Katie and the hiccups.

    To me, I found that the cast decisions were all perfect, each actor channeled each character very well. It didn't seem like they were playing a character, it genuinely seemed like they were who they were pretending to be. 

    Love, Rosie is a romantic comedy, and sometimes romantic comedies can be very romantic but not funny. This movie really was funny, it made me laugh several times while watching it. I loved the part where Rosie is walking Katie to school and she's handcuffed to the bed post but then she hits her in the head and she goes "Ow my head!" I feel like that was an accident but it was hilarious in my eyes.

    There were several changes in this movie but they were good changes. One of the things that I fairly disliked in the book, is the pacing of Rosie and Alex's romantic relationships. Since the story was told so differently, it did not seem realistic and it was very choppy, each chapter seemed like they were either having a baby or getting married. Rosie and Alex's partners are things that the writers decided to change slightly, originally Alex married Sally and had a baby boy, got divorced and then married Bethany. I believe Rosie got married once, and then got together with Greg later on. In the film, it turns out Sally had an affair with some artist and got pregnant which I really wouldn't consider a good thing but it led to a slightly emotional scene with Alex. 

    The pacing in this movie is a little off as well, we don't get any closure on some of the situations that occur in this movie and that was one thing that bothered me. It seemed that they would focus on other things all at once but leave things unanswered. I know it's probably very self-explanatory in the movie because it is but there still is no official closure.

    The reason why I slightly enjoyed the film more then I did with the book is because we got to see more of the characters. We got to explore their lives, see the characters through thick and thin, I found that we were able to connect with everything more because we were seeing it in front of our eyes instead of being told through a letter or an email.

    Overall, I wouldn't say that it was the best film in the world but I do think that it was a decent book-movie adaptation. I personally really enjoyed watching it. Everything was so much easier to connect to and everything was more significant.  I would rate it a 4 out of 5 stars. Even if you're not into romance, I still would recommend that you watch it because it is very enjoyable to watch. Love, Rosie is lighthearted and just a whole lot of fun.

    I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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  1. I've had this book for such a long time! I need to read it soon and hopefully watch the movie afterwards.
    Lovely review!

    1. Thank you so much for the comment, and yes you should read it VERY soon because it is quite a lovely read despite it's flaws.
      - FTM

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