It's been quite long since my last Movie Monday feature when the truth is I've been watching a lot of movies lately. Now it's back, I'm definitely posting a new one today and I have a new feature icon.
Well, for today's post, Movie Monday features (drum roll please) Love, Rosie. Last January, I posted my book review on Cecilia Ahern's Love, Rosie and I mentioned how I was rooting to watch that movie. However, I haven't seen it immediately when it hit the theaters. It sucks that no one wanted to watch it with me. Anyway, I still got to watch it later. I mean 1 month later. Thanks to the ever updated g2g.fm.
Later, Rosie receives a letter telling her that she has been accepted into Boston University for what she wants to do (hotel management). After running over to tell Alex, she overhears him and Bethany having sex and vomits into a handbag. She leaves before seeing Alex and goes to a chemist saying she has been feeling nauseous lately. The woman behind the counter, Ruby, gives her a pregnancy test which turns out to be positive despite her taking the morning after pill. Rosie decides against telling Alex after he tells her that he got accepted in Harvard, not wanting him to stay for her. Rosie says goodbye to Alex at an airport as he heads to his university, saying she will be just behind him. Rosie gives birth to a baby girl, whom she names Katie, and decides to not give her up for adoption despite prior plans. Rosie raises Katie as a single mother.
Later as Rosie bumps into Bethany in the street with baby Katie, Alex comes to visit Rosie, after Bethany telling him of Rosie's pregnancy. Rosie and Alex become friends again and Alex becomes the godfather of baby Katie.
Back in America, Alex meets a girl in a bar and they soon move in together. After convincing Rosie to visit, Rosie discovers that Alex's girlfriend is incredibly posh and snobby, taking them to an art gallery of a man named Herb, and upon telling Alex that she didn't see them as a good couple, they fight and Rosie goes back to England. In the trip she also finds out that Alex's girlfriend is pregnant with his child. While working Rosie bumps into Greg, who had received her letter and drawing by daughter Katie, and after some arguing, Rosie decides that Greg can see Katie. The three become a family and Alex then receives an invitation to Rosie's wedding to Greg. Rosie marries Greg but notices Alex's absence from the event. Rosie's parents go on a trip and Rosie soon receives a call from her mother saying that Rosie's father has passed away. At the funeral, Alex visits and the two become friends again. Greg is also present but noticeably drunk and rude to Alex and Rosie.
Rosie and Alex's lives go on. Rosie discovers that Alex's girlfriend had been cheating with the art dealer, Herb and the baby was not in fact his, something he is devastated by. At the time, she also bumps into Bethany, who is now an international model and Rosie tells her to go visit Alex. After the treatment at the funeral, Alex sends Rosie a letter saying that she deserves better than Greg and that he believes he can be that better man. Greg however intercepts the letter and hides it from Rosie. Rosie goes to work and is excited when she sees that Greg has booked the bridal suite, assuming it is for their anniversary however after receiving a call from him saying that he will not be home, Rosie realizes he is cheating. She goes to intercept him at the hotel's bar and breaks up with him. After throwing away all of Greg's things, Rosie discovers the letter and promptly messages Alex to tell him she feels the same, with Alex saying in the letter that he would never bring it up again if she didn't tell him she felt the same. Rosie video calls Alex, but instead gets Bethany who tells her that she and Alex are getting married and that they want her to be his best man. Rosie flies out to their wedding with plans of telling Alex of her feelings but its too late, arriving just after the ceremony. The movie then switches back to the first scene where Rosie is making a speech. She tells Alex she loves him in the speech, but quickly covers it up saying that it is only as a friend or brother/sister relationship. Rosie's daughter Katie has brought a close friend named Toby with her on the trip and the two very much resemble a young Alex and Rosie in their deep love and friendship for each other. Toby kisses Katie and she goes outside, very distressed. Rosie and Alex comfort Katie and Alex tells her that she should go talk to Toby saying that if she rejects him now he will spend the rest of his life looking for someone to live up to her, but no-one ever will, all while Alex keeps eye contact with Rosie. Alex then tells Rosie that he didn't realise until now that she doesn't remember the kiss they shared on her 18th birthday. The scene switches to Rosie saying goodbye to Alex at an airport as he leaves with Bethany.
Rosie now starts up her own hotel and she is pleasantly surprised when Alex arrives at the hotel. Alex tells Rosie that he has 'no baggage' and that he is no longer with Bethany. He then proceeds to tell her about a dream he had (his weird dreams being shared throughout the film, such as being the tip of an arrow, which no-one understands but Rosie) which consists of them being together. The two share a kiss and the camera pans out to show the hotel Rosie now owns.
I was visualizing everything in the movie the way I did while reading the book last Christmas. Sadly, like most books turned to movies, my expectations were not met (sad emoticon). I'm not saying that the movie was not good, because the truth is, it is GOOD. In a different scenario, if I haven't read the book, I think it is very LOVELY movie. It's complete with humor, heartbreaks, friendship, and of course, romance. It's a complete package. The movie, in generality, is AWESOME. Besides, Lily Collins and Sam Claflin were perfect for the roles. Collins perfectly portrayed Rosie and I can say the same about Claflin. They have the perfect chemistry.
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Lily played well that care-free, beautiful and funny Rosie and Claflin did the same with sweet, handsome and smart Alex.
Unfortunately, I read the book first so I had so many epic moments (mix epic moments actually). It was just very different from the book so my reactions every time there's an unfamiliar detail or scene was so...
What Just Happened???
And then there's that hilarious prom night that was just so out-of-the-book.
I couldn't stop laughing!!!!
Anyways, in all fairness, even when there were lots of changes, I can say that this movie still saved the concept, the whole idea of "THEY JUST CAN'T GET THEMSELVES TOGETHER" was met. The is indeed amazing and influential but it could have been more awesome if they stick to the original flow. That's just my personal opinion anyway. Love, Rosie is indeed an inspiring, dramatic story of friendship and love.
So, for my final verdict. I'm giving 5 stars for the creativity of the movie and 3 for the book adaptation and that's an average of....
4 STUNNING STAR