Love, Rosie (2014)

love rosie

  • Directed by: Christian Ditter
  • With: Lily Collins and Sam Clafin
  • 102 Minutes

Movies are meant to make us feel things and to tell the most amazing stories… To me, one of the greatest things about movies is the power they have on me. The way a movie can influence my daily life and my feelings is captivating and I must say that one of the things I enjoy the most is to walk out the movie theater with a smile on my face. In this field good romantic comedies usually stand out pretty well… The way the feelings are mixed and the way all the characters interact and chemistry between them always captivated me. This time the chosen ones were Lily Collins and Sam Clafin in a movie directed by Christian Ditter.

As great childhood friends, it’s funny to see the way the relationship between Alex (Sam Clafin) and Rosie (Lily Colins) evolves when time goes by. The way their relationship changed right after Rosie’s 18th Anniversary because of a kiss is the trigger for a lovely story… It happens so fast we don’t even notice it… When we are really close to a friend sometimes a strong feeling erupts and even though our urges and heart tell us to give love a shot the thought of losing a friend weighs too much in this decision. This was basically Alex and Rosie’s situation… They were young, naïve and they cared a lot about each other. They were like the best friends ever so when the feelings started erupting and when the kiss happened things changed a bit (but mostly because Rosie was drunk in that night and couldn’t remember anything the morning after). In order to ignore the feelings they had for each other, they decide to go with different pairs at the prom. After that, Rosie gets pregnant, Alex flies to Boston and nothing ever remains the same. The two best friends will travel through the hard journey life is to find out what they really want for their lives.

In the beginning I must say I was predicting something completely different… In its first minutes Love, Rosie looks like a teenage love comedy that we all know how it’s going to end. The prom drama, the kiss and the way they were pretending they didn’t feel anything for each other was like a free ticket to a journey I’ve seen too many times but then, all of a sudden, something happened and the predictable teen comedy changed into something more serious, lovely and definitely interesting. When Rosie finds out she’s pregnant and witnesses her whole plan for a good life passing through her eyes, she starts passing through the drama of a teenage mother with so many dreams yet to fulfill. Trapped in her own dramas, Rosie decides to hide all this from Alex who was dating his prom date, even though he was about to travel towards Boston to graduate. The way Rosie’s life changed from a naïve perspective of events to a more mature and adult settles the begging of the second act. It’s interesting and at the same time a bit sad to see how a young, beautiful and bright girl watches all her dreams collapsing because of a night that was a complete mistake. While we watch time passing by we see Rosie dealing with her life problems and we see her educating her own daughter while at the same time learning how to become the best possible mother. Rosie’s motherly side is another great thing about all this because it displays a more familiar side in the story. But while Rosie is growing up, Alex was kind of lost, living what he thought it was his dream. The college was going great so like his love life but in the end, for both, no matter how great their love ones were, there was no one capable to make them forget the feelings they had on each other. So the story goes on, from good times to bad times, just like life goes… Alex and Rosie are constantly facing each other in the wrong times and when two people spent so much time separate from each other it’s hard to deal with some specific things.

While Rosie is a grown-up woman, Alex is unable to find out what he really wants… He could have the most gorgeous women next to him but nothing could make his feelings for Rosie disappear. He’s a funny and good-looking guy but his personality is a bit less rich and mature than Rosie. Watching Love, Rosie is a bit like looking at life in two very different perspectives… There’s the girl who had so many dreams but who had to leave them for later in order to be the best possible mother and who is happy and conformed with this whole situation and there’s her best friend who was a huge dreamer and who never really faced difficulties. The way their feelings change alongside with their beliefs makes the whole picture a lot more natural and kind of compensates the fact that behind all this a predictable story is being told. Love, Rosie is about two friends who fear taking the next step… Is about the briefness of life… Is about loving those who deserve that and is about giving a shot to what our heart thinks is better.

Yes we all know indeed how Love, Rosie ends…  Yes the story is too predictable, I know… But in less than two hours I saw life passing through my eyes, from birth to death. The two main characters interact in an interesting way and it’s funny and lovely to see Rosie giving her first steps as a mother, facing the constraints and the difficulties all by herself. The movie represents how hard it is to grow up and reveals this in a very attractive and captivating way. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin have an interesting chemistry on screen that is clear right on the beginning and they both did a pleasant job in a movie that focuses in a strong childhood friendship. For all those reasons, even though it’s predictable I don’t think one can judge Love, Rosie specifically only for the romantic moments. Love, Rosie is for those who wish to leave the theater in a good mood and for those who enjoy romantic comedies… Love, Rosie represents in a pretty good manner the saying “Don’t judge a book by his cover” and shows at the same time how important it is to fulfill our biggest dreams.

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★★★

 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

ALEXANDER

  • Directed by: Miguel Arteta
  • With: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould
  • 81 Minutes

How would you feel like if you were having the worst day of your life while the rest of your family was having tremendous luck? For Alexander, this was his daily routine and he didn’t care that much about it until the day before his anniversary when he decides to wish a really bad day for his family after going through a really crappy day at school… This is the premise presented by Disney in the up-coming movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.

“Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.” ((c) Disney)

Perhaps I’m losing my sense of humor or perhaps I’m simply too grown up to enjoy children feel-good movies… I would go for the second one but then one thing hit me… If someone mixes great actors with a Disney Channel movie script they are clearly asking for something bad. Potentially funny from the looks of the trailer yes but unfortunately the predictableness and the “dumb” script ended up ruining what could be a funny ensemble with Steve Carell in the middle. For me this is the best way to describe Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day but since I want to leave you with a more complete analysis of the movie, keep reading this to find out what you might find.

Steve Carell is clearly out of the picture and it’s just there to make the whole thing a lot more tolerable. His performance is probably the best thing in the movie since his jokes and actions are what provide a more natural look to a movie filled with some of the most stereotyped characters I’ve seen… First there’s the girl who dreams about the prom since the day she was born and who still believes that it is going to be the best night of her life. Then, we have the jackass who wants to steal Alexander’s reputation by throwing a huge birthday party on the same day of his which would destroy his social life for good. We also have the theater addicted, the influenced friend, the baby who says the first the first word in the most adequate situation ever and at last but the least Alexander, the guy who passes through really crappy days while the rest of his family is having luck every time. When you gather the stories into one short movie like this one the result is the typical children movie with a clear attempt of teaching a lesson after a series of inexplicable events that turn out fine.

But while Carell’s performance added something to the movie, Jennifer Garner was simply there because they probably wanted a known mother for the story… It’s not easy to understand the good casting picks when the premise of the movie is basically a kid who wishes a very bad day to the rest of his family simply because he was jealous of their luck and because a stupid guy was throwing a bigger party that was about to ruin his “love” chances,,, Basically watching this movie is like watching college/high school dramas being discussed by 12 year old kids. Why am I not telling you what happened during that day? Because… Honestly, if I ruined that to you there was no good reason to watch the movie. The premise is dumb and the characters are too exaggerated but I ended up finding some events quite funny, even though they look a bit silly and stupid, because let’s face it, if you were having a series of really crappy days I bet you wouldn’t curse the rest of your family so that they could feel what it’s like to be you. That, in my opinion, is too insensitive and mean.

If you are looking for a good time with your kids, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day might be a good idea to make the entire family laugh a bit but if you intend to watch this without kids I should advise you that there isn’t much of substance in it. The movie like a crappy comedy without any nudity, swears and totally suitable for children. There’s a party with Magic Mike but no alcohol in the middle… There’s Stiffler’s mom without sex and there are teenagers behaving in a PG way. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day lacks emotion and realism and focuses more on showing funny things instead of making me care about the message in the finale. So, if you don’t care about all this bad things I mentioned and you wish to see this just for Steve Carell’s presence, I will “allow” you spending your money on this one but in a month filled with such pleasant and amazing movies this one should be left as a backup plan.

Although it features some really funny moments, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is nothing more than just another children movie and it was bit disappointing for not being the funny flick I thought it would be. There are funny performances but the story fails a bit for being too predictable and not natural at all. It was like watching a plot originally written for teenagers that was in the end changed by Disney to be suitable for all ages and therefore better to maximize profit. However, despite all these bad things, I can assure you that your kids are probably going to enjoy it. Quick, funny, far from being clever and with really cute animals that will make you say “Oh you’re so fluffy!”, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day could have been a lot better.

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★★

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