62. Cliched Romance

How many times have you seen a film and thought, "Well !!! Please kiss the girl & the get the film over with !"

Romance is so cliched such that we sense whats going to happen next like the long lost lovers re-uniting at the end, friends rallying around to help their friends achieve the impossible or even the most done to death sequence of parents getting convinced at the climax and showing the green signal for their children's love.

So why do we always see these Cliched scenes ??

PLOT : " A man moves into an apartment only to find the previous tenant still there. "

I saw this film without any prejudice because I didn't read any reviews or ratings, I just wanted to see a breezy romantic comedy and ended up with a very pleasant feeling, even though I knew how the film was going to end.

"Just Like Heaven" directed by Mark Waters is one of those films which will make you feel with the characters and root for them, this kind of emotional bonding with the film's characters is not easily achieved.

The film is based on the novel If Only It Were True (Et si c'├ętait vrai...) by Marc Levy, it was adapted on screen by writers Peter Tolan & Leslie Dixon. The screenplay was well written & racy, making it perfect.

Reese Witherspoon & Mark Ruffalo portrayed the roles of a doctor and a lonely architect to perfection.

Mark Ruffalo was a real find, I have seen his other movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zodiac, Shutter Island but this was one of his best roles till date. Having seen him in serious type of movies I was completely dumbstruck by the way he pulled of this role, I would love to see him in another romantic comedy.

Reese Witherspoon, my my, she is such a talented actress, I can't find a single fault with her during the film. She carried herself so beautifully.

The chemistry between the lead actors was so sweet that you couldn't resist the charm they brought, their body language, the simple smile to the display of emotions, they were simply adorable, one of the best on-screen pairs I have seen.

Cinematography was another added advantage to the film, Music by Rolfe Kent was another feather in the cap.The director has made use of his team efficiently.

The other cast includes
Donal Logue, Jon Heder, Dina Spybey who played their parts really well making full use of their screen time.

The film unravels itself in its own silly, lovable & moving ways, but its the way in which it unraveled itself that made this film such a memorable & sweet one.

There were many cliched scenes in the film, it makes you think that but the fact is we have grown up listening to fairy tales of how the knight comes, rescues the beautifully damsel in distress, how they fall in love & live happily ever after.

But the real truth is that the words "Once upon a time" & "they lived happily ever after" brings about a smile in us even today.

So tell me, do you hate these Cliched Romances ???

  • Rating : "PG" for some sexual content.
P.S : " The producers bought the rights to the novel without having read the original French book after receiving a proposal with a rough outline of the story. "


Rajlakshmi said...

watched this one and it's hindi remake too...
didn't appeal to me much.

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Rajlakshmi

Haven't watched the hindi version yet but liked this one, anyways opinions differ na :)

sm said...

excellent movie
nice review
But the real truth is that the words "Once upon a time" & "they lived happily ever after" brings about a smile in us even today.

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ sm

Thanks for dropping by yet again :)
Its people like you who motivate me :)

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

With Reese you really can't expect much than a chick flick!!!
Arupathumoovar Festival
The 8-piece skirt

Beauty and the BEast said...

This is the movie I want to cuddle with .. on one of those days when nothing goes right! Thanks for the review.. adding it to my list already!

kofykat said...

I haven't seen this film as yet. Now I definitely am gong to watch it. (directed from blogadda) and member of indiblogger

Anonymous said...

Hi there !
I've watched this film a number of times :) This one is of-course in my wishlist :)
Ur review style is too good :) Keep going Sathish :)

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