One Day (2011)

One Day
Director: Lone Scherfig
Writer: David Nicholls
Based on: David Nichollsnovel
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jodie Whittaker, Romola Garai, Ken Stott, Matt Berry

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meet on the day of their graduation. Despite a sligth awkwardness in the beginning, they develop a deep friendship. The film chronicles their relationship by showing the both of them on one day in the year for the next 20 years, through highs and lows.

One Day is a nice chick flick, with enough kitsch to work but not too much to make you gag. Plus, it has a nice soundtrack. But it doesn’t really stand out from the mass of competitors.

It has a very predictable ending. Or at least it’s predictable if you’ve seen more than one film of its kind, preferably a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. That doesn’t take away from its tearjerking abilities, but still.

Anne Hathaway was very good, but then again she usually is. I really like her but she gets a bit typecast sometimes, as is the case here. Jim Sturgess on the other hand wasn’t bad but miscast. You just didn’t buy that he grew older. He always looked about 25, no matter how much make-up or grey paint in his hair.

The two highlights of the film were Matt Berry’s much too short appearance (oh, I miss The IT Crowd…) and the soundtrack. They really chose the perfect songs to mark the various years. Took you right back.

The film was generally very evocative when it came to the 90s. Worst flashbacks to my youth since I tried rewatching Beverly Hills, 90210.

Summarising: decent.

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