When it comes to cinema, one of my biggest guilty pleasures is romantic comedy. I’m a sucker for films that are packed with unrequited love, witty characters and, of course, happy endings. There’s nothing better than watching a romantic comedy on a Sunday afternoon, wrapped in a big blanket and with the tissues close to hand, just in case it all gets a bit too emotional.
A film I’ve already added to my collection of rom-coms is ‘One Day’, which is looking like one of the year’s biggest DVD releases – coming out on the 6th February 2012, just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s an adaptation of David Nicholls’ book of the same name, which I also love, and he wrote the screenplay as well. I’ve had my copy of ‘One Day’ on pre-order for ages now and when it arrived I had it straight in the DVD player.
Both the film and the book are spaced over 20 years and peek into the lives of Emma Morley (played by Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess) around the same day every year, showing what’s changed in their lives as the years pass by. The date is July 15th, which happens to be the day the two met at their college graduation in 1988.
Emma and Dexter are completely different though – she’s a working class girl that has dreams of making the world a better place, while he’s from a rich background and imagines an easy life for himself. This film is packed with heartache and every time you think they’re going to get together there’s something different standing in the way.
This film had me in stitches in some places and with tears in my eyes at others – it’s got everything a good romantic comedy needs and both David Nicholls and Lone Scherfig (the director) have done a fantastic job of it.
At the heart of it, this film’s all about how cruel fate can be. Hindsight can be even worse, and Dex and Em share so many missed chances in ‘One Day’ that you’re constantly shouting at the TV screen, practically begging them to realise what they’re missing out on. Well, I was at least. The fact is that everyone wants to be able to see what they’re going to be doing in 20 years’ time and ‘One Day’ deals with the fact that you never end up where you think you’ll be.
Watching ‘One Day’ really gets me thinking about where I’m going to be further down the line – I’m hoping for a nice big house and the love of my life. What about you?