Letters to Juliet: Movie Review
Letters to Juliet
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael Garcia Bernal,
Director: Gary Winick
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Surely one of the most iconic phrases from many an English lesson and thanks
to numerous films, that balcony scene involving Romeo and Juliet is etched into
many a romantic mind.
Amanda Seyfried stars as the soon to be married American researcher Sophie,
who heads to Verona with her fiancée Victor (Garcia Bernal) to enjoy a pre
But instead of splurging on the culture or her, Victor spends a lot more of
his time meeting with suppliers for his restaurant and leaves Sophie to her own
So, Sophie ends up under that infamous balcony where many a star crossed
lover posts a "letter to Juliet" asking for help. As Sophie follows a gaggle of
ladies who answer these letters, she finds herself questioning her own life and
And that confusion is made even worse, when she answers a letter sent by a
girl called Claire. The response she dishes out sees the older Claire (Vanessa
Redgrave) head to Verona to pursue her destiny - along with her grand son
Charlie (Egan) - how will their intertwined destinies play out?
What can you say about Letters to Juliet? It's another romantic comedy which
is light and frothy and pitches squarely for a certain audience who'll be happy
with it - high art it certainly is not. Beautifully shot though it is - still,
with a canvas like Verona to work from, that's not surprising.
It's scattered with bon mots throughout which will amuse some ("Husbands are
like wine - they take time to mature") but irritate others; likewise some of the
characterisation is a bit lazy. Victor is clearly not the man Sophie should be
with - and thanks to that, you don't actually feel Sophie's choice is as painful
or as dramatic as it could be. I know it's still supposed to be romantic comedy
with a tinge of drama but it would have injected a bit more bite into it.
There's a few cheesy contrived moments as well as some predictable moments
but all in all Letters to Juliet delivers exactly what you'd expect.