Movie review: Love, Rosie

17 February 2015

Movie Alex and Rosie had it easy.

In comparison with book Alex and Rosie, that is.

Love, Rosie tells the story of Alex and Rosie, their entanglements, and all the many ways fate played with them. They have been best friends since they were five and discovered they're in love not soon after, but as with other friendships with the same dilemma, they are both scared to confess what they feel and potentially lose what they currently have. Besides, Alex had to move to another country and Rosie got pregnant just before she was supposed to follow. What now?

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Perfectly paced and interspersed with funny dialogues and a winner soundtrack, Love, Rosie is a lighthearted romance movie that I'm sure will capture a lot of hearts. It also doesn't hurt that the main actors are so beautiful. So. Beautiful. Sam Claflin is both dashing and awkward in a way that it's like he doesn't know how perfect he is, while Lily Collins lights up the screen whatever state she's in: young and carefree, or pregnant and confused, or a struggling young mom, or even a "best man" forced to look happy for her best friend on his wedding day. 

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I am not necessarily a book purist because I recognize that books and films are two separate media and trying to stack up one's merits against the other is a futile exercise, but I couldn't help but point out that the book worked so well from its epistolary format that I wish they could've incorporated more of it in the movie. I have to admit, the book frustrated me a lot because, oh, look at all the many ways they could've been together much earlier, without the need for three failed marriages and wasting away a great deal of their lives not being with each other. However, reading their struggles and seeing them finally get together in the end made me feel like it was earned, and it was well-deserved. At least it wasn't as tragic as One Day was. I'm still scarred.

I loved Love, Rosie. It was a good movie and I liked it, all bokeh-filled, beautiful scenes of it. Watch it when you can, and then read the book after.

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Now here's a question: Have you ever fallen in love with your best friend? Did you confess your feelings or did you keep it in in fears of ruining your friendship? I'm writing a Young Adult story with the same theme and I'm trying to incorporate a little bit of research in it. Sound off in the comments! ♡ 

8 comments:

Pau-pau Alagao said...

I haven't fall in love with my best friend and I will not ever because he is a gay. Hihi... Love Rosie is one of the most complicated love story I've seen that even though it revolves about best of friends which I don't particularly like, I super like it! :) Good luck to your YA book Krissy and I can't wait to read it when it is out! :)

CJ said...

So so so apt. I just finished watching again for the 2nd or 3rd time(?) not sure anymore. But the first time I watched it I was feeling a lot of feels (yaknowhatimsayin?) but as I rewatched I kept thinking why was I soo caught up in this particular movie? It wasn't even worth crying over. Seriously what's wrong with me. HAHA

krissy said...

Thanks, Pau-pau! :)

krissy said...

I definitely know what you're sayin'! :D If you have any other movie recommendations just let me know! :)

AC M. said...

I read the book so I'm really wondering how'd they able to turn this into a movie. Sana magustuhan ko. :)

krissy said...

I think you'll like it. :)

addie said...

Excited to watch it and happy to read a spoiler that it is not as tragic as One Day! hehehe.



About your question: Have you ever fallen in love with your best friend? Did you confess
your feelings or did you keep it in in fears of ruining your friendship? Yep, long time ago and I made a confession about my feelings but was too late he was already in a relationship. I decided that I need to cut any connection we had since I am hurting everytime I see them together. At first he do not like to idea, he wanted us to remain the best of friends but I was firm with my decision. Now we are both happy with our respective relationships, we became friends again but the closeness that we had was gone. I miss having him as my bestfriend but I never regret what I did because it helped me a lot to forget and move on.



sorry nag nobela na ako... hahaha :D

krissy said...

Hi Addie! Nope, this is far from giving you One Day-feels! I watched that movie before reading the book and literally gasped loudly in the cinema when Emma was hit. I'm still scarred! >_<


And wow, thank you so much for sharing your story! I really appreciate it. I'm sure he misses you, too, but I'm glad it turned out well for the both of you. :)