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Film Review: One Day

Film Review: One Day starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

Around the time that One Day came out in cinemas, I felt like everyone was talking about it, though, considering I go to an all girl’s high school, that’s not entirely surprising. Many of my friends had read the book and told me that it was absolutely incredible and I had to read it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to read it before watching the film so I can’t tell you how close to the novel the film is; however, the general consesus among my friends – and most women – is that the film does not do the book justice. The first time I watched One Day I thought it was absolutely brilliant. I was blown away by the intensely moving story and found myself leaving the cinema in floods of tears. I thought to myself, if the film doesn’t do the book justice then that must be one hell of a book. However, I think I may have been swept up in the moment because when I got home and really analysed the film, I realised that it wasn’t that great.

One Day is a romantic love story about two people, who meet after their graduation and become friends for life. She is a working-class girl with morals and high ambitions and he is a wealthy boy determined to live life to the fullest – and by that I mean, have the most fun possible without a care in the world. Over the next twenty years we see the key July 15ths of their lives – sometimes they’re together, sometimes they’re not, but they’re always thinking about one another. They have a long and ardous relationship but they eventually realise that what they’ve been looking for has been standing right in front of them all along and they learn the meaning of life and love. But is it too late?

Anne Hathaway plays the protagonist, Emma Morley, and whilst she did seem to suit the role, her acting wasn’t what it could’ve been. I’ve always held Anne Hathaway in high esteem, but unfortunately, she did not deliver in One Day. For starters, her accent was absolutely atrocious. To be fair, I didn’t notice this the first time I watched it, but after rewatching several scenes I realised that her accent was different in each and every one and so I finally clocked that Anne Hathaway is incapable of doing a British accent. I found this quite surprising as she seems like the sort of actress who’d be really good at any role of any nationality, but apparently I was wrong.

Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess), is one of those characters you’ll either fall in love with, or want to strangle. I fell in love with him, whilst my friend sitting next to me was quite close to killing herself every time he opened his mouth. His accent is very posh-boy-British so I suppose it all depends on personal taste as to whether or not you like that sort of thing. Towards the middle of the movie his character was incredibly annoying but you come back round to him nearer the end of the movie. I think Sturgess is actually fairly good with his portrayal of Dexter as he’s supposed to be a bit of a douche who can’t express his feelings and I’m not sure if he pulls this off because he’s really good at acting, or really bad.

Having never read the book before, the ending was actually quite a shocker for me. I literally had no idea what was coming until it happened – tears ensued. I was pretty sure that I had had the story lined sussed from the very beginning and nothing could’ve prepared me for the true ending. I think those who haven’t read the book will like this film a lot more than those who have, not only because you won’t realise that Anne Hathaway is indeed supposed to have a Yorkshire accent (I had to google this) and you won’t be able to predict the end (or the middle) of this tale.

One Day is probably going to be one of those films you’re either going to love or hate. If you’ve read the book, there’s likely to be a much greater chance of you hating it considering the book is supposedly a million times better. If you can put up with Anne Hathaway’s atrocious accent and you’ve got a box of tissues at the ready then  I would recommend One Day, if only to give yourself a kick up the backside and realise that love won’t come easy.

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  1. mike
    28th February 2012 / 3:34 PM

    Thank you for this excellent & thoughtful post, so full of ideas that I have printed it out so i can read again

  2. tracey bowden
    25th January 2016 / 11:01 AM

    I think I have watched this film but I’m not sure so will have to look it up and maybe re watch it. Saying that if I can’t remember chances are I haven’t or it wasn’t really good enough for me to remember. I think I would rather read the book though

  3. Beth
    25th January 2016 / 1:36 PM

    I’ve never heard of this film but might go looking for it as it sounds pretty interesting. X

  4. 25th January 2016 / 2:46 PM

    I watched it. I enjoyed it. I never read the book and I agree with you that it’s prolly better.

  5. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    25th January 2016 / 3:05 PM

    I haven’t heard of the film or the book, but I think I will give the book a try as I always think the books are better.

  6. 25th January 2016 / 5:13 PM

    I never got round to seeing this, maybe I will now!

  7. 25th January 2016 / 5:16 PM

    Lol see normally I love Anne Hathaway but I am curious to see what atrocities she has done to the Yorkshire accent. I can only imagine.

  8. Tori Gabriel
    25th January 2016 / 6:01 PM

    I love Anne Hathaway but I haven’t seen this one. I’m.desperate to now though. I always thought she would be great at accents. I have to see what it’s like.

  9. Emma White
    25th January 2016 / 10:59 PM

    oh I want to watch it now jst to see if I love or hate him lol and crying at the cinema is something I always do

  10. Elizabeth
    26th January 2016 / 7:27 AM

    Sounds like an interesting watch – might have to give this one a go some night!

  11. Beautyqueenuk
    26th January 2016 / 12:19 PM

    I think I might prefer the film to the book, shockingly I am one of only a few people who didnt enjoy it x

  12. 26th January 2016 / 4:50 PM

    I won’t get a chance to catch the film but you’ve convinced me to give the book a go. Thanks 🙂

  13. mummyslittlemonkey
    26th January 2016 / 10:41 PM

    Usually, I can’t bear romantic movies, but your description actually makes me want to watch it – I have to see if it really IS as bad as it sounds!!! 😉 x

  14. Lorraine
    27th January 2016 / 9:57 AM

    I’m not a fan of romance movies or novels but this is something that I would pass onto a friend who does.

  15. Tanya Brannan
    27th January 2016 / 11:54 AM

    I’ve never actually seen this film, but it does sound like something I would enjoy. I’ll keep my eye out for it xx

  16. 27th January 2016 / 4:52 PM

    Sounds like a great film, I’ve not heard of it before though but I’d like to watch it after this post

  17. Laura
    28th January 2016 / 8:59 PM

    Ooh definitely sounds like a film I’d like to go to see with one of my friends xxx

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